- Delay / Hesitation / Procrastination
- Haste / Impatience
Delay / Hesitation / ProcrastinationIt is always possible to find a reason (excuse) for deferring a decision.
- More information needed
- More options could be developed
- More stakeholders consulted
- Committees and subcommittees
- Referrals and due diligence
Haste / ImpatienceBecause it is always possible to find a reason for delay, some people / organizations are inclined to dismiss such reasons, or are reluctant to take them seriously.
Some people / organizations are impatient with anything that inhibits action.
- JFDI - "just xxx do it!"
Lacan's Theory of Logical Time
Lacan offers an interesting analysis of hesitation. Logical time is divided into three "moments".
- the instant of seeing
- the time for understanding
- the moment of concluding
The correct deduction appears to depend on the hesitation of the group. "If I had a red disk, then each of the other prisoners would not hesitate to deduce immediately that he was green. Since neither has done so, I must also have a green disk."
Delay, doubt, hesitation, procrastination, the ability to make nothing happen (ungeschehenmachen) - these characteristic features of decision-making are grounded by Lacan in the phenomenology of obsessional neurosis.
For a detailed discussion, see John Forrester, The Seductions of Psychoanalysis: Freud, Lacan and Derrida (Cambridge 1990), Chapter 8. The prisoner story can be found on p178 ff.
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