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Daemon
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Boredom: What is it?

Boredom is a condition that has been described by psychologists as arising not from a lack of things to do but from an inability to latch on mentally to a specific activity. Often viewed as a trivial nuisance to be escaped by sleeping, daydreaming, or participating in a new activity, it has been linked to a range of psychological, educational, and social problems. The first recorded use of the word "boredom" is in Dickens's Bleak House, written in 1852. What are the 3 types of boredom? More...
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Daemon wrote:
Boredom: What is it?

Boredom is a condition that has been described by psychologists as arising not from a lack of things to do but from an inability to latch on mentally to a specific activity. Often viewed as a trivial nuisance to be escaped by sleeping, daydreaming, or participating in a new activity, it has been linked to a range of psychological, educational, and social problems. The first recorded use of the word "boredom" is in Dickens's Bleak House, written in 1852. What are the 3 types of boredom? More...




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pedro wrote:
Daemon wrote:
Boredom: What is it?

Boredom is a condition that has been described by psychologists as arising not from a lack of things to do but from an inability to latch on mentally to a specific activity. Often viewed as a trivial nuisance to be escaped by sleeping, daydreaming, or participating in a new activity, it has been linked to a range of psychological, educational, and social problems. The first recorded use of the word "boredom" is in Dickens's Bleak House, written in 1852. What are the 3 types of boredom? More...




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Interesting article, IMO. Properly understanding the nature of boredom can somehow help guys who are chronically bored with their surroundings and lives.
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In conventional usage, boredom is an emotional or psychological state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, is not interested in his or her surroundings, or feels that a day or period is dull or tedious. It is also understood by scholars as a modern phenomenon which has a cultural dimension. "There is no universally accepted definition of boredom. But whatever it is, researchers argue, it is not simply another name for depression or apathy. It seems to be a specific mental state that people find unpleasant—a lack of stimulation that leaves them craving relief, with a host of behavioural, medical and social consequences."[1] According to BBC News, boredom "...can be a dangerous and disruptive state of mind that damages your health"; yet research "...suggest[s] that without boredom we couldn’t achieve our creative feats."[2]

In Experience Without Qualities: Boredom and Modernity, Elizabeth Goodstein traces the modern discourse on boredom through literary, philosophical, and sociological texts to find that as "a discursively articulated phenomenon...boredom is at once objective and subjective, emotion and intellectualization — not just a response to the modern world but also a historically constituted strategy for coping with its discontents."[3] In both conceptions, boredom has to do fundamentally with an experience of time and problems of meaning.



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There Are 5 Types of Boredom, According to Researchers

There's more than just one type. Researchers have discovered that there are actually five different kinds—and most people tend to experience just one type of boredom throughout their lives. “We speculate that experiencing specific boredom types might, to some degree, be due to personality-specific dispositions," Thomas Goetz of the University of Konstanz and the Thurgau University of Teacher Education, one of the experts who identified the five different types, explains.

What are these types of boredom, and how can one boredom differ from another?

1. Indifferent
People with indifferent boredom appear relaxed, calm, and withdrawn.

2. Apathetic
The most recent paper, which appears in Motivation and Emotion, outlines this type of boredom, discovered this year. Goetz and his colleagues found that university and high school students experienced a boredom that seems a lot like helplessness (and could contribute to depression)

3. Calibrating
People with calibrating boredom find that their thoughts wander and they want do something that differs from what they’re currently doing. But they’re not exactly sure what or how they might go about it. This state occurs when people perform repetitive tasks and want to reduce this boredom, but generally seem unsure of what to do.

4. Reactant
This boredom is the worst—people experiencing this tedium are highly aroused and have a lot of negative emotions. They’re also restless and aggressive. People experiencing reactant boredom really want to leave their dull situations and flee from the people they blame for it, including their teachers, bosses, or parents. They waste their time thinking of situations they’d rather be in that seem more valuable than their current circumstances.

5. Searching
Those experiencing searching boredom experience negative feelings and a creeping, disagreeable restlessness. They look for ways out by focusing on more interesting activities.

BY MEGHAN HOLOHAN DECEMBER 6, 2013

http://mentalfloss.com/article/54074/there-are-5-types-boredom

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The boredom bore down on the bore,
Boring a hole straight to his core.
Upon the whole found an empty soul,
Bored with itself, oh, what a bore!
'A tide! My soul for that kind of a bore!
A tidal wave to make it once more soar.'

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Daemon wrote:
Boredom: What is it?

Boredom is a condition that has been described by psychologists as arising not from a lack of things to do but from an inability to latch on mentally to a specific activity. Often viewed as a trivial nuisance to be escaped by sleeping, daydreaming, or participating in a new activity, it has been linked to a range of psychological, educational, and social problems. The first recorded use of the word "boredom" is in Dickens's Bleak House, written in 1852. What are the 3 types of boredom? More...


Think On a curious (and personal) note, I have recently noticed that boredom has almost completely disappeared from my life. Beginning in my fifties long waits at the doctor's office, at the Motor Vehicle Administration or long airplane flights ceased to be irksome wastes of time. Those enforced periods of down time became opportunities to consider and reconsider, to analyze and synthesize, to sift and curate information gained while working, in conversations or by reading.

As my sixties passed and the time for retirement neared there was apprehension that a possible reduction in mental challenges might lead to a return to what was remembered as uncomfortable and frequent boredom. Nearly three years into retirement, I am heartened that this has not happened. There is more time now for reading and rumination. Travel is less constrained and is not artificially limited by a need to work while traveling or to return to the office by a specific date. The additional time spent at home, in the company of my wife, is as rewarding, as comfortable and as mentally stimulating as could ever have been hoped.
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