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

By Robert V. Levine

Even though it is difficult 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 outcomes for an individual's mental, actual, and emotional healthiness. traveling round the glope, in either previous and current instances, he describes "clock time" towards either "nature time" - the rhythm of the solar and the seasons - and "event time" - the structuring of time round happenings. He argues that through studying to include those 3 diverse perceptions of time, by means of constructing a "multi temporal" process, you will take pleasure in a extra versatile and profitable existence.

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In many cultures, however, there is less distinction between being active and doing nothing. "35 In Nepal and India, I have watched friends drop by one anothers' homes, only to sit and remain silent-visits during which everyone was perfectly comfortable (other than myself, of course). Sometimes the silence would extend for hours, at which time a conversation, often full of laughter, would explode as if through spontaneous combustion. Then there would again be silence, which might continue until it was time to leave.

The infatuated lover compulsively counts the passing minutes while awaiting his paramour's return. The woman who yearns to have a child may become obsessed by her biological clock as she sees midlife approaching. The urgency rule extends to a wide range of needs: everything from basic physiological demands to those generated by the broader culture. Salespeople are well aware of the power of creating a sense of urgency. Limited-time offers are a mainstay marketing strategy. Stores regularly offer one-day or one-hour or even five-minute markdowns.

Melges reported how the pain of one acute schizophrenic patient was expressed in the statement "Time has stopped; there is no time .... "" The slowness of time passing-its duration-has become unendurable. " It seems one of life's more curious ironies that time-the most precious of all resources, and surely the least replaceable-is not always welcomed as a gift. FIVE INFLUENCES ON THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CLOCK VLADIMIR: That passed the time. ESTRAGON: It would have passed in any case. VLADIMIR: Yes, but not so rapidly.

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