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Can boredom help? Increased prosocial intentions in response to boredom

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dc.contributor.author van Tilburg, Wijnand A.P.
dc.contributor.author Igou, Eric Raymond
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-21T09:11:05Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-21T09:11:05Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6663
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Boredom is typically regarded a nuisance. Past research on boredom depicts this common emotion as a correlate of many detrimental psychological and social factors, including addiction, depression, discrimination, and aggression. We present a more nuanced perspective on boredom. Specifically, we propose and test that state boredom serves an important self-regulatory function with the potential to foster positive interpersonal consequences: It signals a lack of purpose in activity and fosters a search for meaningful engagement. We examined whether boredom can subsequently cause prosocial intentions if the corresponding prosocial behavior is seen as purposeful. As predicted, boredom, which is characterized by a search for meaning (pilot study), promoted prosocial intentions (Experiment 1), in particular when the corresponding behavior was seen as highly meaningful (Experiment 2). Our novel findings suggest that boredom can have desirable consequences and recasts this emotion as not merely good or bad but rather as personally and socially functional. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Self and Identity;16 (1), pp. 82-96
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2016.1218925
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Self and Identity 2017 copyright Taylor & Francis available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2016.1218925 en_US
dc.subject helping en_US
dc.subject meaning en_US
dc.subject self-regulation en_US
dc.subject interpersonal behavior en_US
dc.subject boredeom en_US
dc.title Can boredom help? Increased prosocial intentions in response to boredom en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2018-03-21T09:01:51Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/15298868.2016.1218925
dc.contributor.sponsor IRC en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2698458
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Self And Identity
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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