A Geography Of Time: Temporal Misadventures Of A Social by Robert V. Levine

By Robert V. Levine

Even though it is tough to recollect in our clock-driven age, the concept that of time is relative and versatile. Robert Levine issues out cultures experience of time has profound effects for an individual's mental, actual, and emotional health and wellbeing. traveling round the glope, in either previous and current occasions, he describes "clock time" against either "nature time" - the rhythm of the sunlight and the seasons - and "event time" - the structuring of time round happenings. He argues that by means of studying to include those 3 assorted perceptions of time, by way of constructing a "multi temporal" procedure, you can get pleasure from a extra versatile and profitable existence.

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3 All of these tests find extensive individual differences in the degree to which people are concerned with making every moment count. But we need to be careful not to overgeneralize about "fast" and "slow" people. As is the case for cultures, each individual's pace may vary sharply according to the time, the place, and what they are doing. If you would like an accurate gauge of your own tendency toward time urgency, it is important to look into a wide range of behaviors. You might begin by thinking about yourself in these ten areas: 0 • Concern with clock time: Compared to most people, are you particularly aware of the time on the clock?

Do fellow walkers sometimes ask you to slow down? • Driving: Do you get excessively annoyed in slow traffic? When you are caught behind a slow driver, do you sometimes honk or make rude gestures to try to speed them up? 20 A GEOGRAPHY OF TIME • Schedules: Are you addicted to setting and/or maintaining schedules? Do you allot a specific amount of time for each activity? Do you have a fetish about punctuality? • Listmaking: Are you a compulsive listmaker? When preparing for a trip, for example, do you make a list of things to do or things to bring?

And it is this usually imprecise psychological clock, as opposed to the time on one's watch, that creates the perception of duration that people experience. Theoretically, a person who mentally stretches the duration of time should experience a slower t€mpo. Imagine, for example, that baseballs are pitched to two different batters. The balls are thrown every 5 seconds for 50 seconds, so a total of 10 balls are thrown. We now ask both batters how much time has elapsed. Let's say that batter number one (who loves hitting) feels the duration to be 40 seconds.

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