reverse psychology

Posted: 02/23/2010 in Uncategorized

I was talking to some of my students about how they’re doing on this nutty quest and found that most of them are doing OK, despite the inconvenience of not doing something they normally do.

One girl noted that she really wanted to watch the Olympics on Sunday night, but decided to read about it via Twitter. How novel.

Others have been reading more.

There are some, however, who normally don’t watch much TV and have found that this experiment was having the opposite effect. As Josh put it, when he’s told not to do something, it makes him want to do it more.

I know the feeling.

Last night was a big challenge as I have the only weeknight off from teaching at the gym. That means from 4 pm, when I get home from school, until I go to bed, is left unstructured.

So, I graded papers. I swept the floors. Played with the cats. Read blogs and gossip online. Leafed through magazines. And reacquainted myself with one of my favorite radio stations, WOXY. I listened to “vintage” WOXY, which meant hearing Blondie, the Ramones and The Clash. It was a fun trip down memory lane and, having the house to myself, afforded me the opportunity to dance around the kitchen whilst doing dishes.

It was a pleasant enough evening, but I felt like I was overcompensating — like doing too much when being quiet and still would have been enough. This is a strange feeling, but it will pass.

  1. Jesse mogle says:

    No TV huh? Not during the Olympics but I would try that any other time. I would think taking the internet away too would make since otherwise you could just waste time on that medium.

  2. donnapaz says:

    well, Jesse, I didn’t pick the time to be extra mean…it’s just that we’re talking about television and its impact on culture etc. in class and this was the appropriate time to do it.

    I couldn’t bear to go without Internet….I use it for so many things….if I were traveling or doing something else, I could do it, but not living my everyday life.

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