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Boredom and Boredom Proneness

  1. Richard F. Farmer1,
  2. Norman D. Sundberg2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0137

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Farmer, R. F. and Sundberg, N. D. 2010. Boredom and Boredom Proneness. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Oregon Research Institute

  2. 2

    University of Oregon

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Boredom is a state most people experience at one time or another. Many cultures have words that refer to experiences consistent with boredom: “ennui” (French), “Langeweile” (German), “malal” and “dajira” (Arabic), “khaali” (Hindi), “bosan” (Indonesian), “na buwa” (Taiwanese), “taikutsu” (Japanese), “jidooham (Korean), and “wuliau” (Chinese). Whereas terms such as boring, bored, or boredom refer to a state or temporary conditions, boredom proneness refers to a trait-like condition or frequently reoccurring experience.


  • boredom;
  • boredom proneness;
  • bored;
  • boring;
  • disinterest