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People would rather endure pain than spend 15 minutes with their own thoughts
07-04-2014, 03:36 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Many people would rather endure physical pain than suffer their own wandering cogitations.

Which would you prefer: pain or boredom?

Given the choice, many people would rather give themselves mild electric shocks than sit idly in a room for 15 minutes, according to a study published today in Science1.

The results are a testament to our discomfort with our own thoughts, say psychologists, and to the challenge we face when we try to rein them in.

“We lack a comfort in just being alone with our thoughts,” says Malia Mason, a psychologist at Columbia University in New York, who was not involved in the study. “We’re constantly looking to the external world for some sort of entertainment.”

Read about it: http://www.nature.com/news/we-dislike-be...ts-1.15508

Really? Is it that bad? damned.gif
07-04-2014, 03:38 PM #2
Accidental Stoner Member
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chuckle.gif

I was always good at sitting down
staring aimlessly into empty space
for hours.
07-04-2014, 03:47 PM #3
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I suppose I learned how to work with my thoughts during the times my dad would take me fishing, or my mom asked me to hand wash the dishes after six hearty eating people, or do the housework, or when I would paint the entire interior of my house or paint a never-ending oil painting (don't know when to stop), or gardending, or ....
07-04-2014, 03:48 PM #4
White Ribbon call me
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im happy with my own thoughts, i like my own company.. pain? no effen way..

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07-04-2014, 03:55 PM #5
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I too like my own company and I can take my thoughts to wondrous places through calm meditational solitude, of which my hubby doesn't understand fully.
07-04-2014, 04:10 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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I have absolutely no problem letting my mind wander. I think I'm quite entertaining actually. chuckle.gif
07-04-2014, 04:30 PM #7
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I think you are quite entertaining too Octo, and I also amuse myself often. chuckle.gif
07-04-2014, 04:36 PM #8
White Ribbon call me
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(07-04-2014, 03:55 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  I too like my own company too and I can take my thoughts to wondrous places through calm meditational solitude, of which my hubby doesn't understand fully.

they never do, why i end up with partners that have no clue is beyond me?? all i have to do is mention the word "energy" (around my ex) and eyes roll.. its the same with all my really spiritual and aware friends..they all have partners that think they are bat shït crazy.. weird..
07-04-2014, 04:41 PM #9
Octo Mother Superior
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(07-04-2014, 04:30 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  I think you are quite entertaining too Octo, and I also amuse myself often. chuckle.gif

chuckle.gif hug.gif I had many great ideas and insights while doing dishes or some other mindless chore.
07-04-2014, 04:43 PM #10
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(07-04-2014, 04:36 PM)the white ribbon Wrote:  
(07-04-2014, 03:55 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  I too like my own company too and I can take my thoughts to wondrous places through calm meditational solitude, of which my hubby doesn't understand fully.

they never do, why i end up with partners that have no clue is beyond me?? all i have to do is mention the word "energy" (around my ex) and eyes roll.. its the same with all my really spiritual and aware friends..they all have partners that think they are bat shït crazy.. weird..

Maybe we select partners that are our opposites. My hubby is and always has been high energy and restless and not so much an introspective thinker.
07-04-2014, 04:52 PM #11
Octo Mother Superior
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I prefer a same level partner where both know they are bat shït crazy chuckle.gif
07-04-2014, 05:01 PM #12
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(07-04-2014, 04:52 PM)Octo Wrote:  I prefer a same level partner where both know they are bat shït crazy chuckle.gif

Hey, I didn't say he wasn't bat shït crazy (like me). chuckle.gif
07-05-2014, 04:14 PM #13
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(07-04-2014, 03:38 PM)Accidental Stoner Wrote:  chuckle.gif

I was always good at sitting down
staring aimlessly into empty space
for hours.

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My thoughts meandered and it took 5 minutes to post this reply rofl.gif
07-05-2014, 04:17 PM #14
Octo Mother Superior
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07-05-2014, 04:32 PM #15
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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wave.gif Octo and all other kitters both feral and non-feral. Beautiful day here in Ontario, Canada I think we'll get on the cycle today and ride to water, where I can lose myself in my thoughts. hypnotoad.gif



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