By Robert V. Levine

ISBN-10: 0465026427

ISBN-13: 9780465026425

ISBN-10: 0465028926

ISBN-13: 9780465028924

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 results for an individual's mental, actual, and emotional health and wellbeing. traveling round the glope, in either earlier and current instances, 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 embody those 3 assorted perceptions of time, through constructing a "multi temporal" strategy, you'll be able to take pleasure in a extra versatile and lucrative lifestyles.

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A rapid tempo in itself, however, does not necessarily spell disease. The relationship between time pressure, time urgency, and hurry sickness is no more single-arrowed for individuals than it is for cultures: external time pressure does not always lead to a sense of time urgency, nor do either of the two invariably produce the symptoms of hurry sickness. Tempo cannot be reduced to simply the presence or absence of a problem. My students and I have developed a test that measures individual differences in tempo in a broader sense.

These are the sort of places that people from the fastest countries-Switzerland, Ireland, Germany-look toward for their winter vacations. Looking at the 31 countries as a whole, we found a strong relationship between the climate (as measured by average maximum temperatures) 23 of cities and how slow they were on our measures. Some people believe that the slow tempo of warm places has an ergonomic explanation-that it results from a general lack of energy. Certainly, anyone who has been through a heat wave knows that high temperatures can wear one down.

This works in the following way. Increasing efficiency in production means that each individual must produce more goods per hour; increased productivity means ... that to keep the system going we must consume more goods. Free time gets converted into consumption time because time spent neither producing nor consuming comes increasingly to be viewed as wasted ... TEMPO 13 The increase in the value of time (its increasing scarcity) is felt subjectively as an increase in tempo or pace. " At the slow extreme of the tempo continuum are the Stone Age economics of so-called primitive agricultural and hunting-gathering societies.

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