Creating the space to do nothing

Scott Belsky writes an op-ed for 99U about how the digital age has encroached on our ability to reflect and introspect in quiet, distraction-free space. The compelling argument he and others present is that, as Belsky says, “space is scary”: taking the time to do nothing forces a confrontation between the conscious self and the thoughts, fears, wishes, regrets, etc. that lurk beneath. Distractions, on the other hand, are exactly that: methods of psychological dissociation that keep us from having to think and reflect. Disconnecting is, in fact, a means of reconnecting with ourselves. I was also interested to see that Belsky suggests psychotherapy as a potential “first step” to greater self-awareness.

What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking and Sacred Space [99U via Lifehacker]


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