Boredom Is Good for You

Kim's daughter Claire when she's bored

Kim’s daughter Claire when she’s bored

See!  I’ve been telling my kids for years that boredom is a gift!  The next time your kids say “I’m bored, I have nothing to do”, you can reply cheerily, “FANTASTIC!”

From the British Psychological Society and the journal Psychologist:

“Boredom can make us more creative, an expert says.  [Dr. Sandi Mann] has researched the suppression of emotions, including boredom, at work. In one experiment she found participants who had been asked to complete a boring writing task were more creative afterwards than a control group who had done more interesting work.”

“Mann also believes it is important for children to be bored. ‘Unlike so many parents today, I am quite happy when my kids whine that they are bored! Finding ways to amuse themselves is an important skill.’ This idea was explored by psychoanalyst Adam Phillips in a 1993 essay, exploring the developmental merits of allowing children to form their own sense of purpose or self through being bored . . . How often, in fact, the child’s boredom is met by that most perplexing form of disapproval, the adult’s wish to distract him – as though the adults have decided that the child’s life must be, or be seen to be, endlessly interesting. It is one of the most oppressive demands of adults that the child should be interested, rather than take time to find what interests him. Boredom is integral to the process of taking one’s time.”

Read the rest here.

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