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In Skip Downings case study The Purchased Paper Edgar has a paper due in one of his classes but he puts it off until the last minute This becomes a problem when Edgars boss calls him to state that he has to work on the same weekend he planned due his paper Edgar tries to ask his professor for extra time for the project but she refuses Edgar feels hopeless and goes to his roommate Billy to complain that if he does not do the paper he will fail and that if he does not go to work he will be fired Edgars roommate suggests that Edgar should go online to buy a paper The way that Edgar decides to solve his problem is what Stephen Covey author of Seven Habits Revisited Seven Unique Human Endowments believes is a quality of a reactive personAccording to Covey a Hot Reactor is a person that blames others for their problems Reactive people are not responsible for their actions and like to play the role of a victim At the low end of the continuum are the ineffective people who transfer responsibility by blaming themselves or others or their environment anything or anybody out there so that they are not responsible for resultsBased on Coveys continuum Edgar plays the victim like a hot reactor on the bottom of the scale Edgar feels doomed he thinks he will lose his job and fail He blames his boss for giving him too many hours on the Weekend he planned to do his assignment He stuck to his scripts of feeling powerless with no choices Edgar did not even try to call the boss or a friend to switch hours with them He also blamed his teacher for not giving him extra time to do the paper Shown in Coveys continuum a proactive person would make decisions based on carefully selected principles and values Edgar was the opposite of a
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