Dec 13, 2020
On episode 77, we welcome philosopher Andreas Elpidorou to discuss the positive and negative aspects of boredom, frustration, and anticipation; the hedonic treadmill and why constant pleasure becomes tormenting; the difference between common boredom and chronic, existential boredom and the latter’s link with depression; how frustration is associated with effort and pride; the importance of experiencing all of your emotions for your overall mental health; our podcasting journey and dealing with the aforementioned emotions; how short-term and long-term thinking affect our tolerance of negative emotions; and how we can begin to utilize boredom, frustration, and anticipation to assess and creating more meaningful lives.
Andreas Elpidorou is an academic philosopher and writer. He is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Louisville. He specializes in the philosophical study of the mind and has published extensively on the nature of emotions (especially, boredom), consciousness, and cognition. He is best known for his work on the function and value of boredom. His new book is called Propelled: How Boredom, Frustration, and Anticipation Lead Us to the Good Life.
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