Can boredom ever be good: Part 2

Do people experience boredom differently and is being bored a positive emotion? ⎮ 29 min listen

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Last week we heard about the different shades of boredom that people can experience in a dull moment. Although it’s considered a broadly negative emotion, believe it or not, it seems boredom can sometimes be beneficial - especially when it lets us daydream. Some research suggests it can even promote our creativity. But do people differ in how they experience boredom? Are some more likely to be able to benefit from getting bored? 

Learn more by listening to Can boredom ever be good: Part 2.  

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Article about the Boredom Proneness Scale test

Test of personality types linked to heightened creativity after boredom (via Dr Guihyun Park)


Prof Thomas Götz Psychologist and Head of Educational Psychology and Societal Change, University of Vienna, Austria

Dr Sandi MannPsychologist, University of Central Lancashire, U.K.

Dr Guihyun ParkSenior Lecturer, Research School of Management, Australian National University

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