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The Monstrous Malady of Monotony!

We often complain about being bored, and indeed, among young people, expressions of boredom are often considered to be ‘cool’. However, in his novel, Bleak House, Charles Dickens describes boredom as ‘a malady’, ‘monstrous’ and as ‘desolation’. True inescapable boredom is not only highly distressing, it also has adverse effects on the brain, causing brain cells to die, and the brain to shrink, with subsequent development of abnormal and inflexible behaviours.

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