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Hold On: The Life, Science, and Art of Waiting

Peter Toohey


What do you do when you’re not asleep and when you’re not eating? You’re most likely waiting—to finish work, to get home, to finish your chores. This book is not really about how to manage all that waiting—“an action,” according to the OED, “of staying where one is until a particular time or event.” It’s a book describing how many people experience waiting. Waiting, which is sculpted by the passing of time, is an experience just as much as it is a situation. In this book I’ll be focusing on the experience, on how it feels to wait. This experience can encompass such things as hesitation and cur ... More

Keywords: waiting, procrastination, marriage, dread, music, decision-making, serotonin, dopamine, religion, boredom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190083618
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190083618.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Toohey, author
Professor of Classics, University of Calgary