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Akrasia

TagLast edit: 31 May 2023 6:17 UTC by Mateusz Bagiński

Akrasia is the state of acting against one’s better judgment. A canonical example is procrastination.

Increasing willpower is seen by some as a solution to akrasia. On the other hand, many favor using tools such as Internal Double Crux to resolve internal mental conflicts until one wants to perform the reflectively endorsed task. The “resolve internal conflicts” approach is often related to viewing the mind in terms of parts that disagree with each other.

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Ugh fields

Roko12 Apr 2010 17:06 UTC
380 points
81 comments3 min readLW link

Notes on Self Control

David Gross9 Nov 2020 21:27 UTC
8 points
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Work­ing hurts less than pro­cras­ti­nat­ing, we fear the twinge of starting

Eliezer Yudkowsky2 Jan 2011 0:15 UTC
342 points
161 comments3 min readLW link

Akra­sia Tac­tics Review

orthonormal21 Feb 2010 4:25 UTC
92 points
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How to Beat Procrastination

lukeprog5 Feb 2011 18:49 UTC
267 points
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Subagents, akra­sia, and co­her­ence in humans

Kaj_Sotala25 Mar 2019 14:24 UTC
135 points
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Akra­sia is con­fu­sion about what you want

Gordon Seidoh Worley28 Dec 2018 21:09 UTC
26 points
7 comments9 min readLW link

Why Pro­duc­tivity Sys­tems Don’t Stick

Matt Goldenberg16 Jan 2021 17:45 UTC
59 points
21 comments3 min readLW link

Co-Work­ing Col­lab­o­ra­tion to Com­bat Akrasia

ShannonFriedman9 Mar 2013 18:17 UTC
76 points
99 comments2 min readLW link

Akra­sia, hy­per­bolic dis­count­ing, and picoeconomics

Paul Crowley29 Mar 2009 18:26 UTC
79 points
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My Al­gorithm for Beat­ing Procrastination

lukeprog10 Feb 2012 2:48 UTC
142 points
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My ex­pe­rience us­ing fi­nan­cial com­mit­ments to over­come akrasia

William Howard15 Apr 2024 22:57 UTC
131 points
31 comments18 min readLW link

Non-Co­er­cive Perfectionism

Matt Goldenberg26 Jan 2021 16:53 UTC
25 points
25 comments3 min readLW link

Ta­boo “pro­cras­ti­na­tion”

Neil 12 Dec 2023 21:33 UTC
20 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

In­tro­duc­ing The ‘From Big Ideas To Real-World Re­sults’: A Series for Effec­tive Per­sonal Development

Paul Rohde14 Dec 2023 18:49 UTC
13 points
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(blog.paul-rohde.com)

Self-de­cep­tion: Hypocrisy or Akra­sia?

Eliezer Yudkowsky26 Mar 2007 17:03 UTC
67 points
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[Question] Ex­ec­u­tive func­tion ad­vice from peo­ple who are good at it?

TeaTieAndHat9 Feb 2024 10:11 UTC
7 points
1 comment1 min readLW link

Im­prov­ing The Akra­sia Hypothesis

pjeby26 Feb 2010 20:45 UTC
99 points
70 comments9 min readLW link

Anti-Akra­sia Tech­nique: Struc­tured Procrastination

patrissimo12 Nov 2009 19:35 UTC
63 points
52 comments3 min readLW link

Triv­ial in­con­ve­niences as an an­ti­dote to akrasia

Adam Zerner18 May 2018 5:34 UTC
20 points
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Anti-akra­sia re­mote mon­i­tor­ing experiment

cousin_it27 Sep 2010 23:34 UTC
59 points
118 comments2 min readLW link

Su­per­stim­uli and the Col­lapse of Western Civilization

Eliezer Yudkowsky16 Mar 2007 18:10 UTC
137 points
89 comments4 min readLW link

Akra­sia Tac­tics Re­view 3: The Re­turn of the Akrasia

MalcolmOcean10 Apr 2017 15:05 UTC
20 points
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In­te­grat­ing dis­agree­ing subagents

Kaj_Sotala14 May 2019 14:06 UTC
143 points
15 comments21 min readLW link

Ex­treme web­site and app blocking

tbenthompson20 Nov 2023 3:53 UTC
7 points
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(tbenthompson.com)

Two Co­or­di­na­tion Styles

abramdemski7 Feb 2018 9:00 UTC
40 points
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In­trap­er­sonal negotiation

datadataeverywhere23 Jan 2011 23:02 UTC
34 points
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Ap­plied Picoeconomics

Scott Alexander17 Jun 2009 16:08 UTC
61 points
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On Pro­cras­ti­na­tion—The art of shap­ing your fu­ture actions

Neel Nanda1 Aug 2020 10:22 UTC
10 points
0 comments8 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

Akra­sia sur­vey data analysis

John_Maxwell8 Dec 2012 3:53 UTC
20 points
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Thoughts on de­sign­ing poli­cies for oneself

John_Maxwell28 Nov 2012 1:27 UTC
112 points
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Out­ward Change Drives In­ward Change

cousin_it15 May 2009 12:45 UTC
28 points
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On Sud­denly Not Be­ing Able to Work

Jacob Falkovich25 Aug 2020 22:14 UTC
35 points
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Have At­ten­tion Spans Been De­clin­ing?

niplav8 Sep 2023 14:11 UTC
68 points
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[Question] How have you be­come more hard-work­ing?

Chi Nguyen25 Sep 2023 12:37 UTC
77 points
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List of how peo­ple have be­come more hard-working

Chi Nguyen29 Sep 2023 11:30 UTC
65 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

Quick thoughts on the im­pli­ca­tions of multi-agent views of mind on AI takeover

Kaj_Sotala11 Dec 2023 6:34 UTC
41 points
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Homeo­static Bruce

matejsuchy8 Apr 2021 19:13 UTC
13 points
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(matejsuchy.substack.com)

(Brain­stem, Neo­cor­tex) ≠ (Base Mo­ti­va­tions, Honor­able Mo­ti­va­tions)

Steven Byrnes12 Jul 2021 16:39 UTC
62 points
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Cul­ti­vat­ing And De­stroy­ing Agency

hath30 Jun 2022 3:59 UTC
104 points
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Bet­ter New Year’s Goals through Align­ing the Elephant and the Rider

moridinamael1 Jan 2023 17:54 UTC
20 points
0 comments2 min readLW link
(guildoftherose.org)

Fun­da­men­tal Uncer­tainty: Chap­ter 4 - Why don’t we do what we think we should?

Gordon Seidoh Worley29 Aug 2022 19:25 UTC
15 points
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Pain and gain motivation

Kaj_Sotala7 Apr 2010 18:48 UTC
70 points
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The Noddy problem

Apprentice12 Jan 2012 22:18 UTC
45 points
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[Book re­view] Atomic habits

Valdes4 May 2022 12:15 UTC
3 points
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My cog­ni­tive in­er­tia cycle

MSRayne26 Jun 2022 15:49 UTC
7 points
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Silver Chairs, Pa­ter­nal­ism, and Akrasia

dclayh9 Apr 2009 21:24 UTC
34 points
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Cel­e­brate Triv­ial Impetuses

Alicorn24 Jul 2009 22:36 UTC
48 points
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Triv­ial In­con­ve­nience Day (De­cem­ber 9th at 12 Noon PST)

namespace7 Dec 2018 1:26 UTC
32 points
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There is No Akrasia

lifelonglearner30 Apr 2017 15:33 UTC
31 points
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An akra­sia case study

[deleted]10 Dec 2011 20:46 UTC
44 points
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Guardian column on ugh fields, men­tions LW

Kaj_Sotala9 Jul 2011 12:34 UTC
35 points
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Break­ing the chain of akrasia

lukeprog20 Jan 2012 4:12 UTC
33 points
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Peanut Butter

Jacob Falkovich3 Dec 2018 19:30 UTC
28 points
3 comments12 min readLW link

[Question] The akra­sia doom loop and ex­ec­u­tive func­tion di­s­or­ders: a question

TeaTieAndHat22 Jan 2024 7:01 UTC
16 points
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Re­in­force­ment and Short-Term Re­wards as Anti-Akratic

Intrism13 Apr 2013 20:47 UTC
35 points
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On akra­sia: start­ing at the bottom

seecrow1 Aug 2022 4:08 UTC
34 points
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How a patholog­i­cal pro­cras­tinor can lose weight [Anti-akra­sia]

dreeves18 Apr 2009 20:05 UTC
34 points
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Macro-Procrastination

Neel Nanda28 Sep 2020 16:07 UTC
9 points
0 comments9 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

On Op­tion Paral­y­sis—The Thing You Ac­tu­ally Do

Neel Nanda3 Oct 2020 11:50 UTC
11 points
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(www.neelnanda.io)

The Five Hin­drances to Do­ing the Thing

moridinamael25 Sep 2017 17:04 UTC
10 points
4 comments8 min readLW link

Share Your Anti-Akra­sia Tricks

Vladimir_Golovin15 May 2009 19:06 UTC
25 points
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Akra­sia Tac­tics Re­view 2: The Akra­sia Strikes Back

polutropon16 Jul 2013 2:17 UTC
31 points
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The Im­por­tance-Avoidance Effect

David Hartsough30 Sep 2022 10:09 UTC
19 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

Ac­tions and Words: Akra­sia and the Fruit of Self-Knowledge

Annoyance15 Apr 2009 15:27 UTC
10 points
20 comments2 min readLW link

Fight­ing Akra­sia: In­cen­tivis­ing Action

Gordon Seidoh Worley29 Apr 2009 13:48 UTC
12 points
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Fire and Motion

rwallace29 Apr 2009 16:06 UTC
7 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Com­bat­ting perfectionism

tomdekan17 Oct 2022 20:58 UTC
6 points
0 comments2 min readLW link
(tomdekan.com)

Ex­ec­u­tive Dys­func­tion 101

DaystarEld23 May 2024 12:43 UTC
24 points
1 comment3 min readLW link
(daystareld.com)

Ar­ti­cle sketch: When pro­cras­ti­na­tion isn’t akrasia

[deleted]8 Oct 2012 4:27 UTC
28 points
17 comments3 min readLW link

Slack mat­ters more than any outcome

Valentine31 Dec 2022 20:11 UTC
142 points
55 comments19 min readLW link1 review

Harm­ful Options

Eliezer Yudkowsky25 Dec 2008 2:26 UTC
54 points
45 comments3 min readLW link

Ex­pe­ri­en­tial Pica

Alicorn16 Aug 2009 21:23 UTC
126 points
113 comments3 min readLW link

Can Hu­man­ism Match Reli­gion’s Out­put?

Eliezer Yudkowsky27 Mar 2009 11:32 UTC
81 points
116 comments5 min readLW link

Com­pro­mis­ing with Compulsion

matejsuchy25 Feb 2021 16:43 UTC
4 points
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Old-world Poli­tics Fallacy

Rudi C23 Jun 2020 12:32 UTC
7 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Ha­bit­ual Productivity

So8res9 Jan 2014 6:44 UTC
88 points
35 comments6 min readLW link

Would Your Real Prefer­ences Please Stand Up?

Scott Alexander8 Aug 2009 22:57 UTC
93 points
132 comments4 min readLW link

Pro­ce­du­ral Ex­ec­u­tive Func­tion, Part 3

DaystarEld22 May 2024 11:58 UTC
18 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

Akra­sia is Hypocrisy.

Lev Protter4 Jan 2021 5:07 UTC
−10 points
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The Curse Of The Counterfactual

pjeby1 Nov 2019 18:34 UTC
125 points
34 comments19 min readLW link1 review

Defeat­ing Ugh Fields In Practice

Psychohistorian19 Jun 2010 19:37 UTC
95 points
95 comments2 min readLW link

Mea­sur­ing aver­sion and habit strength

Academian27 May 2011 1:05 UTC
111 points
14 comments3 min readLW link

Anti-akra­sia tool: like stickK.com for data nerds

dreeves10 Oct 2011 2:09 UTC
80 points
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Chaotic Inversion

Eliezer Yudkowsky29 Nov 2008 10:57 UTC
102 points
68 comments1 min readLW link

Three use­ful types of akrasia

Dambi19 Apr 2022 16:56 UTC
13 points
4 comments5 min readLW link

A Bridge Between Utili­tar­i­anism & Stoicism

Jonathan Moregård13 Feb 2024 22:46 UTC
5 points
0 comments5 min readLW link
(honestliving.substack.com)

Poll re­sults: LW prob­a­bly doesn’t cause akrasia

AnnaSalamon16 Nov 2011 18:03 UTC
73 points
106 comments8 min readLW link

The 8 Tech­niques to Tol­er­ify the Dark World

adamShimi20 Jul 2020 0:58 UTC
2 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

Slack Club

quanticle16 Apr 2019 6:43 UTC
62 points
21 comments1 min readLW link
(www.thelastrationalist.com)

Im­prov­ing pro­duc­tivity and wellbeing

Valdes4 May 2022 12:15 UTC
9 points
1 comment11 min readLW link

Akra­sia and Shangri-La

Eliezer Yudkowsky10 Apr 2009 20:53 UTC
53 points
97 comments2 min readLW link