Do you know that feeling of blah? It’s hard to put a name to it. This feeling is not exactly caused by stress or complete exhaustion, in fact, most people still have energy while feeling this emotion. It’s merely the feeling of being joyless and without purpose. Did you know there’s a name for it? In a recent article, Adam Grant, an American psychologist says that feeling is called “languishing.”
Languishing is a lot more common than you may think too. And due to the current climate, more individuals are experiencing this emotion than ever. One might even say that languishing is considered the dominant emotion of 2021. In this article, we take a closer look at what exactly this emotion is. We’ll also uncover the common signs and symptoms of languishing so you can find out if you’re experiencing it too!
What Is Languishing?
So what is languishing exactly? Health explains, “The term originates from the Latin “languere,” which means to be weak or faint, and was coined by the sociologist Corey Keyes.” It essentially involves distressing feelings like emptiness and stagnation.