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Kids In Mind: Boredom - Part 1 (28 September 2017)

Kids in Mind // Family // Sept. 28, 2017

This month Rebecca will speak with us this month on the benefits of boredom and how children teens and parents can develop coping mechanisms.

For the full interview, listen to the above podcast. 


Is boredom something new despite being always stimulated?

On the walls of the ruins of Pompeii, there is Latin graffiti about boredom
that dates back to the first century. It seems that boredom is universal.


What is boredom exactly?

Boredom is seeking stimulation and not experiencing satisfaction in either your thoughts, feelings, or actions. So while texting, watching TV, or eating, for example, you could still be bored because you're not engaged. 


What is good about boredom?

Researchers have found that passive, so-called “boring” activities, can lead to more creativity. Feeling bored motivates people to approach new and rewarding
activities, aka an idle mind, will seek a toy.


So we should accept boredom?

We can adopt the curiosity technique of self-observation. Passive activities do not equal dissatisfaction. Boredom can be a warning that we are not doing what we want to be doing. It can also be a ‘push’ that motivates us to switch goals and projects.

Boredom can also open the shutters on some very uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that we normally block out with a flurry of activity or with the opposite thoughts or feelings. Therapeutic consultations serve when that need to block is important but also painful. 


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