Draw Me A Fucking Sheep

Draw Me a Fucking Sheep

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science-junkie:

Is there a science behind boredom?

The only horrible thing in the world is ennui, Dorian. That is the one sin for which there is no forgiveness. —The Picture of Dorian Gray.

For the wealthy of all time or for an overstimulated society like ours, Oscar Wilde’s words are spot-on once again. And if the “sin” of boredom is carried to excess —namely, it’s frequent enough to become chronic—  it can throw us into a hell of depression, anxiety, abuse of drugs/alcohol and inability to relate to others and ourselves. 

Surely, the problem subsists*, especially  if the chronic boredom is due to a physiological factor (people who have less dopamine receptors tend to get bored more easily because they need more incentives and stimuli to remain focused), but is trivial boredom that afflicts us in mundane, albeit unpleasant, situations really so terrible?

In 2008, Daniel Weissman and his team discovered —by subjecting volunteers to MRI— that when we get bored, areas of the brain involved in the regulation of self-control, vision and language disconnect.  But even if we enter into an almost dormant state, it doesn’t mean that our brain ceases to be effective. The region of the brain known as default mode network, in fact, becomes more active, and this region governs fundamental aspects of our existence as autobiographical memory, imagination and introspection.

It’s often in moments of boredom that our brain is able to reach a sense of clarity, after we have asked ourselves important questions about how we are living and what we are doing. And it’s often to challenge boredom that we commit ourselves to find brilliant and incredibly creative ideas.

For this reason, I respect the words of Oscar Wilde, but for sure, I prefer those of Peter Toohey 

Boredom is, in the Darwinian sense, an adaptive emotion. Its purpose, that is, may be designed to help one flourish. — Boredom: A Lively History.



*There is a test (the boredom proneness scale) created in 1986 by psychologists to determine if someone is suffering from chronic boredom. You can get it here (XLS file).

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Is it any wonder that, even though domestic violence affects many more women and families, breast cancer is the issue we’ve all come to associate with October? Every year 232,340 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer; 1.3 million are assaulted by their husbands or boyfriends. One in eight women will suffer from breast cancer in her lifetime. One in four will experience domestic violence. Good luck finding that statistic on a yogurt lid this month.
How Breast Cancer Won the Battle for October - NYmag.com/The Cut (via annfriedman)

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It’s much easier — and, unfortunately common — to shame individuals rather than try to change the society that seemingly made their choices for them. But Bell also notes that Slutoween especially appeals to twentysomething women because we’re overloaded with contradictory messages about sexuality. “For instance, ‘Now’s the time to have lots of sexual experiences, but you’d better not cross the line into being a ho. Be assertive but not aggressive. Be feminine but not too passive. Be sexually adventurous, but don’t alienate men with your sexual prowess,’” she says. She theorizes that October 31 is the one night of the year that we’re able to tune out all of society’s confusing expectations of what we should or shouldn’t be when it comes to how we look and how that reflects in our appearance.
A smart defense of slutty Halloween costumes (seriously!) from Cosmo. (via annfriedman)

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mannequindepressed:

"Is it true what they say?" thought Amaretta. "Am I eccentric?" She then finished drinking a pearl necklace from a martini glass while lying, scarved, on someone else’s countertop.  #mannequindepressed

mannequindepressed:

"Is it true what they say?" thought Amaretta. "Am I eccentric?" She then finished drinking a pearl necklace from a martini glass while lying, scarved, on someone else’s countertop.  #mannequindepressed

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peteswntz:

♡ you and me against the world ♡ upbeat songs that you can dance to with your best friend (a mix for gaby) [LISTEN HERE]

01. Anklebiters - Paramore // 02. Harlem - New Politics // 03. Somewhere in Neverland - All Time Low // 04. Life of the Party - A Rocket to the Moon // 05. Ready to Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind) - Panic! at the Disco // 06. Walking the Dog - Fun. // 07. Where Did The Party Go - Fall Out Boy // 08. Tightrope - Walk the Moon // 09. On Top of the World - Imagine Dragons // 10. You and Me - Parachute // 11. Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls) - Foster the People // 12. Guilty Pleasure - Cobra Starship // 13. Girls Do What They Want - The Maine // 14. Planetary (Go!) - My Chemical Romance // 15. What You Know - Two Door Cinema Club // 16. Mr Brightside - The Killers 

peteswntz:

♡ you and me against the world ♡ upbeat songs that you can dance to with your best friend (a mix for gaby) [LISTEN HERE]

01. Anklebiters - Paramore // 02. Harlem - New Politics // 03. Somewhere in Neverland - All Time Low // 04. Life of the Party - A Rocket to the Moon // 05. Ready to Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind) - Panic! at the Disco // 06. Walking the Dog - Fun. // 07. Where Did The Party Go - Fall Out Boy // 08. Tightrope - Walk the Moon // 09. On Top of the World - Imagine Dragons // 10. You and Me - Parachute // 11. Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls) - Foster the People // 12. Guilty Pleasure - Cobra Starship // 13. Girls Do What They Want - The Maine // 14. Planetary (Go!) - My Chemical Romance // 15. What You Know - Two Door Cinema Club // 16. Mr Brightside - The Killers 

(Source: tylersjoseph, via tuneouttuneinandturnmeon)

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