NPR

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.
(Kyle Ryan/Unsplash)

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

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR2 min read
Viking's Choice: Appalachian Juggalo Blues, Psychedelic Black Metal, More
Frank Hurricane pens an ode to lonely juggalos everywhere, Skáphe + Wormlust collapses a black hole with black metal and Lea Bertucci takes her sax to a grain elevator.
NPR4 min read
From 'Buffy' Superfan To Pulitzer Prize, A Critic Celebrates TV On Her Own Terms
Emily Nussbaum's new book, I Like To Watch, is a collection of essays that span her career and the age of prestige TV. She wants to "explode and expand" the types of shows we take seriously, she says.
NPR4 min readPolitics
Analysis: The Politics Of National Humiliation In The Trump-Xi Meeting
Under the Communist Party's ideological reeducation of China's population, humiliation by foreign powers forms an emotional underpinning of the country's national identity.