Boredom Is in Your Mind

A Shared Psychological-Philosophical Approach

  • Josefa Ros Velasco

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Peter Toohey
    Pages 1-10
  3. Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg, Eric R. Igou
    Pages 11-35
  4. John D. Eastwood, Dana Gorelik
    Pages 55-70
  5. María Cecilia Antón, Josefa Ros Velasco
    Pages 71-89
  6. William McDonald
    Pages 91-110
  7. Ricardo Gutiérrez Aguilar
    Pages 123-134
  8. Lars Svendsen
    Pages 135-147
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 169-179

About this book


This book offers a unique perspective on the topic of boredom, with chapters written by diverse representatives of various mental health disciplines and philosophical approaches. On one hand, studying boredom involves the mental processes of attention, memory, perception, creativity, or language use; on the other, boredom can be understood by taking into account many pathological conditions such as depression, stress, and anxiety. This book seeks to fill the knowledge gap in research by discussing boredom through an interdisciplinary dialogue, giving a comprehensive overview of the past and current literature within boredom studies, while discussing the neural bases and causes of boredom and its potential consequences and implications for individual and social well-being.

Chapters explore the many facets of boredom, including:

  • Understanding the cognitive-affective mechanisms underlying experiences of boredom
  • Philosophical perspectives on boredom, self-consciousness, and narrative
  • How boredom shapes both basic and complex human thoughts, feelings, and behavior 
  • Analyzing boredom within Freudian and Lacanian frameworks 

Boredom Is in Your Mind: A Shared Psychological-Philosophical Approach is a pioneering work that brings together threads of cross-disciplinary boredom research into one comprehensive resource. It is relevant for graduate students and researchers in myriad intersecting disciplines, among them cognitive psychology, cognitive neurosciences, and clinical psychology, as well as philosophy, logic, religion, and other areas of the humanities and social sciences.


Boredom Mental Health Cognitive-Affective Mechanisms Psychological Study of Boredom Managing Boredom Boredom and Psychoanalysis Helix Center Roundtable on Boredom Exploration Expoitation

Editors and affiliations

  • Josefa Ros Velasco
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Romance Languages & LiteraturesHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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