The Psychology Behind Senioritis — For Students And Adults

The affliction known as senioritis isn't just about slacking off, and it isn't just for high schoolers ready to head off to college.
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The affliction known as senioritis isn’t just about slacking off — and it isn’t just for high schoolers ready to head off to college.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with University of Notre Dame psychology professor Darcia Narvaez about what causes us to slack off as a major life project is ending, and how we can handle it better.

Interview Highlights

On what someone who’s experiencing senioritis might be feeling

“I think there’s a lot of different

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