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Working hurts less than procrastinating, we fear the twinge of starting

Indeed willpower is not a expendable resource. Neither success and hapiness nor resting will regain willpower (unless you believe it to be so). Need a study break to refresh? Maybe not, say Stanford researchers

The link to the paper is in the article

On Expressing Your Concerns

The thought always occurred to me that The Emperor's New Clothes represent a religious allegory.

I remember as a child I always thought other people could hear and see and communicate with God and that I was the only one which could not. Hence I would always pretend to be able to see the clothes of the Emperor.

Indeed, if there are no dissenters then you don't want to be the first.