5 Types of Boredom

5 Types of Boredom

I'm Bored!

It's not that Simple!

Did you know that there is more than one type of boredom? Dr. Thomas Goetz of the University of Konstanz and the Thurgau University of Teacher Education, was one of the experts who uncovered five distinct types of boredom. They are categorized according to two things.

The first is the levels of arousal felt which can range from calmness to agitated panic. The second criteria is how positive or negative boredom is experienced. The five types of boredom are:

  1. Indifferent: Mild boredom with positive mood.

  2. Calibrating: Periods of boredom happen more often, slightly unpleasant emotions, want to do something to stop boredom, but not sure what.

  3. Searching: Feel a creeping sense of restlessness that seems to linger. Emotions are more negative than the previous types, actively look for ways to minimize your boredom.

  4. Reactant: Second most painful type, exceptionally negative emotions, significant restlessness, persistent thoughts about stopping your boredom, highly motivated to change your situation.

  5. Apathetic: Most extreme, depressed mood, no motivation to change your situation.

Which kind of boredom are you experiencing? I'd like to know.

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