publication . Article . 2016

Can boredom help? Increased prosocial intentions in response to boredom

Wijnand A.P. van Tilburg; Eric R. Igou;
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  • Published: 23 Aug 2016 Journal: Self and Identity, volume 16, pages 82-96 (issn: 1529-8868, eissn: 1529-8876, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Boredom is typically regarded a nuisance. Past research on boredom depicts this common emotion as a correlate of many detrimental psychological and social factors, including addiction, depression, discrimination, and aggression. We present a more nuanced perspective on boredom. Specifically, we propose and test that state boredom serves an important self-regulatory function with the potential to foster positive interpersonal consequences: It signals a lack of purpose in activity and fosters a search for meaningful engagement. We examined whether boredom can subsequently cause prosocial intentions if the corresponding prosocial behavior is seen as purposeful. As ...
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free text keywords: Prosocial behavior, Psychology, Addiction, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Boredom, medicine.symptom, medicine, Interpersonal behavior, Developmental psychology, Social psychology, Interpersonal communication, Self evaluation, Aggression
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