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Monday blues are a myth, say academics
學者說星期一憂鬱是迷思

A bright blue sky above a fairground swing carousel on the grounds of the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany last Friday.
這張上週五攝於德國慕尼黑啤酒節的照片,是藍天下的鞦韆旋轉木馬。

Photo: EPA
照片:歐新社

It is a myth that we are at our most miserable at the beginning of the week, according to academics. People’s moods on Mondays are actually no worse than on any other weekday barring Friday, a survey found.

The popular fixation on the idea of “Blue Monday” should be given the status of a “cultural myth,” the team behind the new findings wrote in the Journal of Positive Psychology.

“Despite our global beliefs about lousy Mondays, we conclude that this belief should be abandoned,” said lead researcher Arthur Stone, a professor at Stony Brook University in New York state.

Stone and colleagues analyzed data collected by Gallup from more than 340,000 American citizens in telephone interviews.

The respondents were asked whether they had felt enjoyment, happiness, worry, sadness, stress and anger during much of the previous day.

Not surprisingly, the results showed that people reported far more positive feelings and fewer negative feelings on Saturdays and Sundays compared with weekdays.

“The perception of Blue Mondays is likely prevalent due to the extreme contrast in mood from Sunday to Monday, even though there is no real difference in mood with Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday,” said Stone.

(Liberty Times)

根據學者說法,我們在一週開始這天最難熬的說法是迷思。一份調查發現,除週五外,人們週一的心情其實不比其他週間日還糟。

提出這項新結論的研究團隊在《正面心理學期刊》上寫道,應該給予「憂鬱週一」這種普遍的固有想法「文化迷思」地位。

「儘管我們普遍存有週一日子難熬的看法,但我們認定應該廢除這種看法」,研究負責人紐約州立大學石溪分校教授亞瑟.史東說。

史東教授和同事分析蓋洛普以電話訪問三十四萬多名美國人所收集的資料。

受訪者被詢問前一天中大部分時間是否感到欣喜、高興、擔心、難過、壓力和憤怒。

不令人意外的,結果顯示,人們在週六和週日的心情,比週間那幾天正面的多、負面的少。

「可能是從週日到週一心情上的極端對比,讓大家普遍有憂鬱星期一的觀念,儘管實際上週一的心情與週二、週三和週四其實沒有差別」,史東說。

(自由時報/翻譯:管淑平)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. barring prep.

除外;除非 (chu2 wai4; chu2 fei1)

例: Barring any unexpected development, we should be able to finish the project on time.

(除非有意外狀況,我們應能如期完成這件案子。)

2. lousy adj.

糟糕的;難熬的 (zao1 gao1 de5; nan2 ao2 de5)

例: We had a lousy weekend.

(我們過了一個很糟糕的週末。)

3. prevalent adj.

盛行的 (sheng4 xing2 de5)

例: The unknown disease is prevalent in some countries.

(這種不明疾病在一些國家盛行。)


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