Once accused of being absent-minded, the founder of American Psychology, William James, quipped that he was really just present-minded to his own thoughts.

Image

Fascinating perspective on mind wandering….allowing our thoughts and feelings to float along…and this article outlines the cognitive and emotional advantages….(implications for those that feel their distractibility or ADD symptomatology is out of hand at times?) See the link below…

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/2013/09/25/mind-wandering-a-new-personal-intelligence-perspective/

Advertisements

6 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

6 responses to “Once accused of being absent-minded, the founder of American Psychology, William James, quipped that he was really just present-minded to his own thoughts.

  1. I read that article yesterday. And the quote in your title is very apt for its content. There is something to a wandering mind or an introspective mind from which great things can happen.

    • I agree….Of course, one worry may be that my mind wanders far too much and often…

      • I share the same affliction.

      • Tough thing is that since the internet happened, it is far easier to get distracted for hours…in the same way as I used to in the library stacks….

      • I agree!

        I used to do the same in the library, as well (still do sometimes when I am at the library. Despite the ease of the internet, I still love books). I would wander the stacks for hours, reading the titles on the books with my head titled sideways, waiting for something to grab my attention. Then I would pull it from the shelves, sit cross-legged right there on the floor and start to read. I get lost in the world of books at the library. I tend to follow trails on the internet as well, a delightful pastime, I think.

      • I still stop in libraries – just to have a look around …the small towns on my way to the city. I’ve built such a library for myself, I can now get ‘lost’ in it rather easily….

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s