A great question was asked in the general forum yesterday by beradical
Do we fear boredom on a subconscious level?
Some people found my response helpful, so I thought I'd post it here, in case anyone else might be interested.
On a certain level, yes.
But it's not really fear as much as 'avoidance', or 'aversion'.
We are continually motivated to seek 'interest' and 'thrill' due to our brain's neurology, and avoid things that aren't interesting (ie boring). Really, all brains do this. But our brains are misdirected due to the problems in its' wiring.
- Motivation is caused by experiences that feel good and release dopamine, making us feel pleasure.
- But our brain's neurons have too many dopamine-storage pockets, so it doesn't 'last' as long as it would in a normal brain.
- This leaves us feeling constantly unsatiated, and unsatisfied by things that normal brains would find satisfying.
- Our brains compensate by only seeking out things of high interest or excitement.
- At the same time, it learns to avoid things recognized as boring or mundane.
- Both the seeking out and the avoidance become habits and ingrained subconsciously, as part of our brain's wiring.