The Science of Boredom (Episode 12)

Updated: December 7, 2021

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Summary of Episode 12:

When faced with a choice between boredom and pain, some people will choose to experience pain. (1:45)

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Boredom is the state of being weary and restless through lack of interest. Kapag bored ka, it means hindi mapakali ‘yung utak mo, naghahanap ka ng pwedeng gawin. (3:00)

The five types of boredom: indifferent, calibrating, searching, reactant, and apathetic. (3:25)

Research Link: Goetz, Thomas & Frenzel, Anne & Hall, Nathan & Nett, Ulrike & Pekrun, Reinhard & Lipnevich, Anastasiya. (2013). Types of boredom: An experience sampling approach. Motivation and Emotion.

One of the reasons why boredom may be good for you is that it stimulates creativity. (5:40)

Research Link: Gasper, Karen & Middlewood, Brianna. (2013). Approaching novel thoughts: Understanding why elation and boredom promote associative thought more than distress and relaxation.

We often experience the third type of boredom — searching — ‘yung naghahanap ka ng pwedeng gawin. The best way to benefit from this type of boredom is to do something productive and challenging. (8:05)

It’s up to you what you want to do… the important thing is that you’re using your time and energy towards something that will help you learn a new skill, improve a talent that you have, or make you a better person. (9:30)

Boredom can be a red flag, alerting you when something is wrong. (10:15)

Research Link: Elpidorou, Andreas. (2014). The bright side of boredom.

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