“…Toohey argues that boredom, unlike primary emotions like happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise, or disgust, takes a secondary role -
- alongside “social emotions” like sympathy, embarrassment, shame, guilt, pride, jealousy, envy, gratitude, admiration, and contempt.
He delineates between two main types of boredom – simple boredom, which occurs regularly and doesn’t require that you be able to name it -
- and existential boredom – a grab-bag condition that is “neither an emotion, nor a mood, nor a feeling” -
- but, rather, “an impressive intellectual formulation” that has much in common with depression and is highly self-aware -
- something Toohey calls the most self-reflective of conditions…”
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