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      Boredom is good for you, study claims
     작성자   :   Elizabeth    (18-02-20 12:20:09    Hit : 670)

If this weekend is yawning ahead of you, offering nothing but the same old routines and dull chores, then don't despair: boredom is good for you, a new study claims.

Far from dulling the mind and leading to a lack of productivity, boredom can inspire people to seek out ways of being altruistic, empathatic and to engage in prosocial tasks, particularly unpleasant ones such as giving blood.

Bored people feel that their actions are meaningless and so they are motivated to engage in meaningful behaviour," said Wijnand van Tilburg, from the University of Limerick, co-author of the paper, Bored George Helps Others: A Pragmatic Meaning-Regulation Hypothesis on Boredom and Prosocial Behaviour. "If prosocial behaviour fulfills this requirement, boredom promotes prosocial behaviour.

Investigating the link between boredom and prosocial behavior is not only highly novel but also counter-intuitive," said Van Tilburg, who will present the paper with co-author, Dr Eric Igou, on Friday at the British Psychological Society 2011 Annual Conference.

"Past research has associated boredom almost exclusively with aversive correlates, yet closer inspection suggests a much richer array of potential consequences that may well go beyond merely negative outcomes, such as prosocial behaviour."

People who are easily bored typically score highly on so-called "dispositional measures of sensation seeking". This may, says Van Tilburg, at least partially explain the positive relationship between boredom proneness with aggression, anger, and hostility.

 

SOURCE: https://www.healthline.com/health/boredom​​


 


 

 

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