Vindication on messy desks
I've heard that all of my life. Usually, it's a not too indirect criticism of my cluttered desk. Maybe there are a few of you out there who also never knuckled under to the "keep your desk clear and room spotless" folks.
Well, today is our day. Research now shows people working in a messy room and on a messy desk are more creative and Wholesale NFL Jerseys more likely to try new things. Thank Professor Kathleen Vohs of the School of Management at the University of Minnesota for this liberating news (Psychological Science).
Vohs conducted three experiments. In the first, she asked people working in clean rooms and people in messy rooms to donate to charity. Almost twice as many in clean rooms donated.
She also gave them a choice between a healthy apple or a chocolate candy bar. Two thirds of the people living in sparkling rooms chose the apple. Eighty percent in the messy rooms chose chocolate. I love chocolate.
In the two remaining experiments, the researchers first asked the two groups to think of a novel use for a ping pong ball. For a meal, the individuals could select either a Classic Dish or a New Item. Independent raters found the ideas from the participants working in messy rooms were far more creative. Also, those living in messy rooms more frequently chose the New Item from the menu.
The letter was sent in response to a column I wrote supporting parenting expert Rudolf Dreikurs' view of Cheap NFL Jerseys children's messy bedrooms. Rather than having power struggles with children, Dreikurs suggested parents politely refuse to go into their children's messy rooms for any reason. When children need you, they will choose to clean their rooms, Dreikurs maintained.
As the years passed, I never forgot the envelope, and I did change my mind.
While I believe in sidestepping unnecessary power struggles (there are enough that are necessary), I would probably create more consequences to encourage children to clean up. For instance: "You cannot have friends over or visit friends until you've finished your house chores. One of your chores is cleaning your room. You decide when you want to visit with your friends."
To splash away with abandon, to open your pores and leave your body vulnerable to all that disease, would be practically asking to get sick. In fact, our bathing habits would have disgusted him, much like his habits disgust us: never washing his body with water or soap, for instance. Or changing his linen shirt to get clean.
How cleanliness has changed in the West is the engrossing (and sometimes gross) subject of Katherine Ashenburg Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History, which skates merrily from ancient frolics at the public baths to today obsession with hand sanitizer and teeth whitening strips. Ashenburg, whose previous book was a popular history of grief called Mourner Dance: What We Do When People Die, argues that contemporary cleanliness has more to do with appearances than hygiene. Considering our relative lack of physical exertion compared with our ancestors, why do we consider a daily shower an ideal, anyway? Apparently, the less we sweat, the more we clean. But our very fear of dirt may actually be making us sick.
Salon spoke with Ashenburg by phone from her office in Toronto.
What did clean mean in ancient Rome?
If you were a man, you would take off all your clothes, put a little oil on your body, rub it with dust and go out into the playing field to work up a sweat. Then you would get somebody to scrape off your perspiration with an instrument that looks like a little tiny rake, called a strigil. Then you would get into a tepid bath, then into a really hot bath, then into a cold bath.
You never used any soap, and it was all done in public. If you were just a normal person, you probably spend a couple of hours every day in the bathhouse, where you could get wine, food, sex, a medical treatment, a haircut. You could have a depilator pluck the hair in your armpits.
Why wasn soap popular?
Soap was a combination of animal fat and lye. The Egyptians went to great lengths to make a soap that was mild enough to use on bodies, but many cultures, including the Romans and Greeks, didn really. So they scraped themselves. Basically, it was a kind of drastic exfoliation. They probably got as clean as soap makes you. Most people, except very rich people, didn use Carlos Hyde Youth Jersey soap until about the second half of the 19th century.
Why did public baths go out of fashion?
They went out of fashion because the infrastructure to run them the mechanisms that brought them water, that heated their water, that separated out the different heats of the various pools required an enormously sophisticated and complicated infrastructure, which the Roman Empire had. But when the empire started to fall apart, people couldn maintain that, and the invading barbarians disabled the aqueducts. There was never an empire large enough to support that again.
How have attitudes about cold versus hot water for bathing changed over the centuries?
They haven changed much. One of the most wonderful, long lasting, historical continuities is the people who support cold water bathing, who think it virile and virtuous, versus the people who want to bathe in warm or hot water. They don attach any moral significance to their choice of warm or hot water. They just think it way more comfortable, and easier, to clean yourself in warm or hot water. There a German expression, Warmduscher, showerer, which is one of the ways you describe a man who is short on masculinity. I just love it that these two camps have been going for centuries.
We all know the saying, is next to Godliness, but there was a time when quite the opposite was true. Could you talk about that?
Christianity turns out to be the Jimmie Ward Youth Jersey only great world religion great in the sense of widespread and influential that had no teaching or interest in hygiene. In the early years of the church, the holier you were, the less you wanted to be clean. Cleanliness was kind of a luxury, like food, drink and sex, because cleanliness was comfortable and attractive. The holier you were and this really applied to monks and hermits and saints the less you would wash. And the more you smelled, the closer to God people thought you were.
So then did Buddhists and Muslims think Christians were filthy?
Absolutely. And they were right, too.
And didn Westerners have a www.49ersofficialnflauthentic.com/authentic-jimmie-ward-jersey.html reputation among Asians for being filthy?
Yes. They probably were, relatively speaking, compared to affluent Chinese and to Japanese people of every class. One of the reasons may have been the influence of Christianity. Europe suffered this hiatus in cleanliness for about four or five centuries. When the great plagues came, the Black Death, in the 14th century, the king of France asked the medical faculty at the Sorbonne in Paris, is causing this hideous plague that is killing one out of every three Europeans, and what can we do to prevent it? And the doctor said the people who were at risk for getting the plague had opened their pores in warm or hot water, in the baths, and they were much more susceptible.
So in France and England and most European countries, for about five centuries, people really believed that it was very, very dangerous to get in water, and this only really broke down in the 19th century. There was nothing like this, nothing corresponded to that belief, in Asia or in India, so they had an unbroken tradition of cleanliness. They also had religions, like Islam and Hinduism, that took cleanliness very seriously, which Christianity never did.
Why did a 17th century Frenchman think that changing his linen shirt was the path to cleanliness?
In my childhood, there were laundry soap advertisements that talked about ring around the collar. For us, that just meant your clothes were dirty, and you needed to wash them. But the 17th century looked at the ring around your cuffs and your collar and thought linen was like a wick that drew out the dirt. They really thought, not only was it safer to change your linen shirt, but it actually cleaned you better. They thought the flax in the linen exerted some kind of magnetic attraction to the sweat and drew it out of your body.
So they must have smelled terrible.
They must have smelled terrible. But the ocean in which they swam was the odor of rank sweat, or fresh sweat. So I think they were quite used to it. In the Middle Ages, St. Bernard said, all stink. No one smells. I think that sums up their tolerance for it.
We had an enormous tolerance for cigarette smoke 20 years ago. Every indoor space was filled with it. I never smoked, but I never noticed it particularly. Now, I actually checked into a hotel room on a smoking floor by mistake last week in Montreal, and I thought it was the worst thing ever. But 20 years ago, I wouldn have even noticed it.
What was the role of perfume?
During the 17th century, which I think was probably the dirtiest century in Western history, people put on perfume so they wouldn smell their neighbors. For example, Madame de Montespan, one of Louis XIV mistresses, swathed herself in clouds of self defensive perfume so that she wouldn smell the king halitosis. She didn like the way he smelled, and he hated the way she smelled, because perfume gave him headaches. They had a great big fight about it one day in his coach, where they were also accompanied by his queen, his legal wife, and this was recorded by one of his memoirists.
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