Five Shades of Boredom May Reflect Personality Traits

A new study suggests boredom is more complex than imagined, and in some instances can be tied to serious personality issues. Researchers posited that boredom is characterized according to the levels of arousal (ranging from calm to fidgety), and how positive or negative boredom is experienced. They categorized four states including indifferent boredom, calibrating boredom, searching boredom, and reactant boredom.  A fifth type was later identified as apathetic boredom, an especially unpleasant form resembling learned helplessness or depression, associated with low arousal levels and high levels of aversion. People don’t appear to randomly experience the different boredom types over time, but tend to experience only one type, depending on their personality.

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