Is It a Good Thing to Be Bored?
This chapter consists of an introduction by the expert in Boredom Studies Professor of Classics Peter Toohey (Department of Classics and Religion at the University of Calgary, Canada); the author of the book Boredom: A lively history, and an expert in tracing the history of this emotion from ancient times, as we can appreciate in papers such as “Some ancient notions of boredom” and “Acedia in late classical antiquity.” Considered a leading figure in the field of boredom and the ideal researcher to explain what is happening with boredom right now, his opening goes throughout the different approaches to boredom the authors will introduce henceforth. Professor Toohey’s contribution is a reflection on the state of affairs of the study, the understanding, and the research on boredom nowadays, just at this point before the end of the second decade of the twenty-first century.
KeywordsBoredom Children Creativity Daydreaming Inactivity
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