A New Look at Boredom . . . Sort Of

Or Investigations into Developing My Own Characterization, Part III

I’m still on this HSP kick that I talked about on Monday.

Elaine N. Aron, in her book The Highly Sensitive Person, suggests:

This greater awareness of the subtle [on the part of the Highly Sensitive Person] tends to make you more intuitive, which simply means picking up and working through information in a semiconscious or unconscious way.  . . . This is that “sixth sense” people talk about.

That’s right, I have ESP.  Sometimes.

This intuitive introvert stuff is probably why I am an INTJ in Myers-Briggs terminology.  Introverted.  Intuitive.  Thinking.  Judging.  That is someone who is an introvert (duh) and intuitive (see above).  It is also someone who values logic (thinking), which I might add is because I view it as “fair.”

Then everyone either uses judgment or perception.  People who rely more heavily on a structured lifestyle use judgment, whereas people who rely on a flexible lifestyle rely more on perception.

I do like a structured lifestyle because otherwise I would be overwhelmed with new stimuli coming at me every day, and I couldn’t handle it.  My body and my mind begin to shut down when they are inundated or, as Dr. Aron would describe, overly aroused.

Now that I think about it, maybe this is why I am rarely bored.  The littlest thing can amuse me.  Well, let me adjust that a bit.

Stick me in a room with nothing to do but listen (I am not an auditory learner) for hours on end, and I will start to go nuts.  As a kid, this situation used to result in me “talking in class.”  You know how that turns out.  In first grade, I had to sit in the corner, and freshman year of college I got the lecture about how the professor didn’t care if I talked, but that the kid I was talking to was failing so I needed to take pity on him ;).

Recently, I was in a situation where I was stuck in a chair for hours, listening.  So I counted bricks on the wall and calculated distances between objects using typical brick and mortar measurements.  I memorized all the distances.  This kept me busy for at least an hour.  My mind worked like a computer, and that’s because I was the opposite of overly aroused, but actually leaning toward boredom, so my mind wasn’t overwhelmed, but working sharply.

Anyone need room dimensions and don’t have a tape measure handy?


Filed under Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Research and prep for writing

15 responses to “A New Look at Boredom . . . Sort Of

  1. If I find myself in a ‘listening’ situation, I’m sure to arm myself with a notebook and pen, I’m a doodler you see. I can doodle for hours in a meeting, presentation, training session and all the while the speaker just thinks I’m a dedicated note taker 😉

  2. I doodle, I count ceiling and floor tiles, etc. I’m an avid note taker, but not the first to participate and too many in a meeting will slowly drive me nuts. I like a corner with pens and paper.

    • lucewriter

      Oh I love your corner with pens and paper! I will be looking around at my next meeting to find others like us!

  3. free penny press

    Oh boy now I wonder what i am.. put me in that same room and I would most likely lay my head down and take a nap..lol

  4. I try never to be in a situation of nothing to amuse me. Now, I too am easily amused. I can be amused by looking at a calendar that shows which days are holidays and where the new and full moons fall. But suppose I have no amusements….I have sometimes tried to erect images in my mind — places and people from the past. I spend a lot of time on puzzle-type activities each day. I think of them as purging my mind after the over-stimulation of being around people; aligning my brain cells so I can think; or helping me wind down before sleep.

    • lucewriter

      I know you are an HSP, Wilma. I also like to do Sudoku or computer games for the same reason. Lately, I’ve spent more time blogging than doing games and then I start getting overstimulated. So maybe I am blogging too much . . . . I’m glad you have the puzzles to help you unwind. Hoping you are writing!

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