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Legendary Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips on Why the Capacity for Boredom Is Essential for a Full Life | Brain Pickings


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“Boredom … protects the individual, makes tolerable for him the impossible experience of waiting for something without knowing what it could be.”

Boredom breeds patience?

Cultivate the art of presence:

This, I think, is how we as grownups in the modern world often go through life. Our version of being good is being productive. Choosing constant distraction or busyness — two sides of the same coin — we seek to avoid not boredom and passivity, but end up robbing ourselves of presence, because presence presupposed a detachment from what we look forward to, what is to come, and a mindful groundedness in what is.

This is the cultural pathology of our time: If we stopped doing what we do, we might not know who we are. As I’ve reflected before, to cultivate the art of presence in the age of productivity is no easy feat.

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