On episode 77 we welcome philosopher Andreas Elpidorou to discuss how boredom, frustration, and anticipation lead us to growth.
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.
Elpidorou 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.
We often run away from boredom, frustration, and anticipation, but Andreas helps us see the value of each of those seemingly intolerable emotions. It’s been said that pleasure exists because of pain, and long-term thinking contributes to an acceptance of them.
Boredom, frustration, and anticipation teach us about what’s meaningful about and missing from our lives. Andreas explores how one can begin listening to them.
Topics discussed with Andreas Elpidorou
- Positive and negative aspects of boredom, frustration, and anticipation
- The hedonic treadmill and why constant pleasure becomes tormenting
- 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
- How we can begin to utilize boredom, frustration, and anticipation to assess and creating more meaningful lives