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We might suppose that the best place to think would be a large room with a big desk, plenty
of natural light and a window with a view – perhaps onto water or a park. This is
the premise behind the layout of most offices. The nearer one gets to the top of the organization, the closer
one’s work station will approximate to this supposed ideal: in tribute to the quality
of thinking that, ideally, one would do there. Bosses tend to have big desks and even larger views.
But these assumption are not – in fact – really true to the way our minds work.
The primary obstacle to good thinking is not a
cramped desk or an uninteresting horizon. It is, first and foremost, anxiety. Often
the most profound thoughts we need to grapple with have a potentially disturbing character.
If we were to pinpoint them accurately and get clear about their significance, there
could be a risk. We might discover that some of our past, rather cherished, beliefs were
not as wise as we’d supposed; we might realize we were previously deeply wrong about something;
we might have to make some significant and tricky changes to our lives. As these potential
implications start to come vaguely into view, our inner censor, motivated by a desire for
calm rather than growth, gets alarmed. A vigilant part of the self gets agitated; it distracts us,
it makes us feel tired or gives us a strong need to go online. Skilfully, it confuses
and muddles our train of thought. It blocks the progress we were starting to make towards
ideas that – though important and interesting – also presented marked threats to short-term inner peace.
It's in this context that the shower emerges as so helpful to the way our minds
work and earns the right to be honoured as one of the best places on earth in which to do
any kind of serious reflection. Amidst the crashing water and the steam and with
a few minutes of respite before the day starts, the mind is no longer on guard. We’re not
supposed to be doing much inside our heads; we’re mainly occupied with trying to soap
ourselves and properly rinse our hair. The ideas that have been half-forming at the back
of our minds, ideas about what the true purpose of our lives might be and what we should do
next, keep up their steady inward pressure – but now there is a lot less to stop them
reaching full consciousness. We’re not meant to be thinking and so – at last – we can
think freely and courageously. .This quality of sufficient – but not overwhelming – distraction
might equally well be present when we’re driving down the motorway or walking in a forest;
when there’s just enough for the managerial timid side of the mind to be doing to keep
it from interfering with our authentic and bolder inner machinations. Our world places
a very high premium on good ideas – but it spends very little serious effort in investigating
why we find it extraordinarily hard to hatch them. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: ‘In
the minds of geniuses, we find our own neglected thoughts.’ In other words, so-called geniuses
don’t have thoughts different from the ones most of us have. They’re just a lot better
at not allowing their inhibitions and preconceptions to get in the way of properly entertaining them.
In a utopian future, we would get a lot more creative about what real thinking
is and where it happens. We’d learn that the real enemy of good thinking isn’t a
small desk or a modest view: it is – almost always – anxiety, for which there can be
few better cures than that library of our deeper selves: the morning shower.
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為什麼洗澡時最容易有靈感? (Why Our Best Thoughts Come to Us in the Shower)

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Josephine 發佈於 2018 年 4 月 8 日    Jade Weng 翻譯    Evangeline 審核

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沒有靈感的時候,離開座位去上個廁所、洗把臉,點子就會源源不絕地出現。當小 V 想不到好點子的時候都會去晃一晃再回來,沒想到洗澡的時候最容易有靈感!到底洗澡有什麼魔力呢?一起來看看吧!

1assumption0:31
assumption 是名詞,有「假設;臆斷」的意思,例如:
The assumptions made about the economy’s growth rate had been proven to be incorrect.
有關經濟成長率的假設已被證實是錯誤的。

People tend to make assumptions about you when you have physical disability.
當你有身體上的殘疾時,人們往往會對你加以臆斷。


2first and foremost0:42
first and foremost 是個固定片語,常在英文寫作中用到,意思是「首先、首要的是」,例如:
He does a bit of writing, but first and foremost he's a singer.
他偶爾會寫作,但他主要是個歌手。

First and foremost, we need to sustain steady and fast economic growth, and keep inflation under control.
首先,我們必須維持穩定且快速的經濟成長,並抑制通貨膨脹。


3vaguely1:12
vaguely 是副詞,意思是「模糊地;茫然地」,例如:
She vaguely remembers the house she used to live in.
她依稀記得以前住過的房子。

North Korea’s justice system is shaped by vaguely written laws by its dictator-led government.
北韓的司法體系由言詞模糊的法律組成並由獨裁的政府體現。


4courageously2:28
courageously 是「勇敢地、大膽地」,形容詞是 courageous,其他相似的副詞還有 bravely, fearlessly 等。
In such circumstances, one must act courageously.
在這樣的情況下,我們應該勇於行事。


*同場加映:
【Ted-Ed】沒自信?試試「自信加速三撇步」吧!


5authentic2:45
authentic 「真實的、可信的」,而 authentic 也有「珍品;真跡」的意思,例如:an authentic Leonardo da Vinci 就是「達文西的真跡」,
Just try to be authentic and follow your heart!
試著找回真實的自己,並傾聽內心吧!


當你需要靈感的時候都會做些什麼讓自己放鬆呢?小 V 覺得只要是可以使大腦大膽思考的方法,都值得一試!希望以後大家在靈感枯竭的時候都能想到這部影片說的:不要讓壓力或預設立場阻礙了思想的進行。那我們下次見囉!

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