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Why it’s time to stop working

The burnout, the slob, the daydreamer and the slacker—which could you be?

By Alice Bloch   March 2019
You can do a lot by doing nothing: Emily Dickinson © Flickr

You can do a lot by doing nothing: Emily Dickinson © Flickr

We live in a culture where activity is imperative. Work and distraction are the rule and doing nothing is frowned upon—even if it’s secretly what we would all like to do. In his new book Not Working, the academic and psychoanalyst Josh Cohen recommends that we all stop.

Inactivity, Cohen says, can be a fertile ground for both creativity and fulfilment. Citing Freud rather than Marx,…

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