作者: Christian Jarrett 文 / 5941次阅读 时间: 2017年2月24日
来源: 陈明 译 标签: 积极心理学 心流
We know what will make us happy, why do we watch TV instead?
Christian Jarrett 文
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The luxury microwave meal was delicious, the house is warm, work’s going OK, but you’re just not feeling very happy. Some positive psychologists believe this is because many of us in rich, Western countries spend too much of our free time on passive activities, like bingeing on Netflix and browsing Twitter, rather than on active, psychologically demanding activities, like cooking, sports or playing music, that allow the opportunity to experience “flow” – that magic juncture where your abilities only just meet the demands of the challenge. A new paper in the Journal of Positive Psychology examines this dilemma. Do we realise that pursuing more active, challenging activities will make us happier in the long-run? If so, why then do we opt to spend so much more time lazing around engaged in activities that are pleasant in the moment, but unlikely to bring any lasting fulfilment?心理学空间$VS] DS E AcQ/n

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Across two studies, L. Parker Schiffer and Tomi-Ann Roberts at the Claremont Graduate University and Colorado College, surveyed nearly 300 people (presumably US citizens, average age 33/34 years) via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk website about what they thought of dozens of different activities: some passive like listening to music or watching movies, others more active and potentially flow-inducing, such as making art or meditating. Specifically, the participants rated how enjoyable, effortful, and daunting they considered the activities to be, as well as how often they engaged in each of them in a typical week. The participants also identified which activities they considered the most and least conducive to lasting happiness.

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在两个研究中,克莱蒙特研究大学的L. Parker Schiffer和科罗拉多大学的Tomi-Ann Roberts,通过亚马逊土耳其机器人调查了近300人(大概是,平均年龄33岁、34岁的美国人)所想到的几十种不同的活动:比如听音乐或看电影这些被动的活动,以及其他的更积极的和潜在诱发心流的活动,比如艺术或冥想。具体而言,参与者评估了他们认为这些活动有多快乐、努力或令人畏惧,同时评估了他们在标准的一周时间内参与每一项运动的频率。同时,参与者确认了他们所认为的最有利/不利于持久的幸福的活动。


;NvEUlH}'ZF0There was a clear pattern in the participants’ answers: they identified more effortful activities as being more associated with lasting happiness, yet they said they spent much more time on passive, relaxation-based activities, like watching TV. Looking at their other judgments, the key factor that seemed to deter participants from engaging in more active, flow-inducing activities is that they tended to be seen as particularly daunting and less enjoyable, even while being associated with lasting happiness. The more daunting an activity was deemed to be, the less frequently it was undertaken (by contrast, and to the researchers’ surprise, the perceived effort involved in the activity did not seem to be a deterrent).心理学空间\m9WI&i2Z({

y4nng j [X0参与者的回答中有一个清晰的模式:他们发现,更努力的活动是与持久的幸福相关联的,但他们说,他们花在被动、放松的活动的时间更多,比如看看电视。在探寻他们的其他判断时,阻止参与者从事更积极的催生心流活动的关键因素似乎是,这些活动往往被认为特别的艰巨和不太愉快,即便这些活动与持久的幸福相关联。一项活动被认为越是艰巨,它就越少被进行(相比之下,令研究人员惊讶的是,产于活动之中的知觉努力似乎并非是制约的因素)。

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#NF$Q%Q0l4p fEQ0Schiffer and Roberts consider this to be a paradox of happiness: we know which kind of activities will bring us lasting happiness, but because we see them as daunting and less enjoyable in the moment, we choose to spend much more of our time doing passive, more immediately pleasant things with our free time. Their advice is to plan ahead “to try to ease the physical transition into flow activities” to make them feel less daunting. For example, they suggest getting your gym clothes and bag ready the night before, and choosing a gym that’s close and convenient; or getting your journal and pen, or easel and paintbrushes, ready in advance.


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The other thing they suggest is using mindfulness, meditation or some other “controlled consciousness” technique to help yourself to disregard the initial “transition costs” of a flow activity, such as the early pain of a run, and to focus instead on its pleasurable aspects and the long-term rewards.心理学空间TwM(G(Zg[8_:~ g;C


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“Future research is needed in order to empirically back our proposal that preplanning, prearranging, and, and controlled consciousness may aid overcoming the activation energy and transition costs that stand in the way of our true happiness,” the researchers said.心理学空间X)}'d,^E&|



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