Is it true that men have moments where they are really thinking about...nothing?
I asked my husband about this once, and he said it is absolutely true. At times he is thinking about nothing. I can't imagine that. When I get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, my mind is just racing with all kinds of thoughts--it starts as soon as I open my eyes.
When a man says he is thinking about nothing, what he is really saying is that he (1) doesn't want you to know what he is thinking (2) thinks that his thoughts would be very uninteresting to the person asking, or (3) doesn't think it's any of you business.
I'm sure there are many other possibilities as well. Point being that, other than Zen Buddhist masters, no one's mind is ever blank. I hope people don't honestly believe that the male mind is capable of such emptiness.
If you are thinking about nothing, that means that you are thinking about something, even if that something is nothing, so really you cannot think about nothing. You can think about nothing in particular, or not think about anything, but if you are not thinking about anything, you are probably comatose or dead.
I would argue that it is not possible to be living and not be thinking of anything because your brain would need a reboot to get it started again. As men, we may have some weird thoughts at times, and this answer is probably proof of that; but as for thinking about nothing, you now know what I think about that. It gives you something to think about though doesn't it?
Do not be fooled
A mans mind is as complicated as a boot lace
It can only do one job at a time and can be tied up in knots easily!
Lol, lol..... Good one, agree with you totally!!
Yet, you owe your leisure activities, advancements in medicine, music, art, national defense, and advances in civilization to man...the very ones you mock. How can this be? The female mind is a complicated wonderland...but complicated isn't better.
Yes and No. What he means is he is not thinking about anything important! It could be anything from needing to get some gas for his car before going to work or some other errand...etc It is unlikely that any live brain has no thought or image running through it. However most men aren't interested in talking about trivial thoughts that may pop into their mind moment by moment. (If it's nothing he feels is worth talking about he will simply say he wasn't thinking about anything.) There are other times where we aren't in a talkative mood.
Unless the man is tripped out on LSD or is high on crack, I cannot see where this could be true.
Do you really think the sex that created civilization, built towers, bridges and highway systems, fought all wars, wrote the brilliant compositions and songs, etc, etc, etc, is capable of mindlessness? No...of course not.
If a man says that he is thinking about "nothing", he is saying, in a nice way, that he is thinking about "nothing" that concerns you or he is thinking about "nothing" that should concern you.
Please keep in mind that many men would rather say that nothing is on their minds, then to have to get into a discussion about what truly is on their minds. Sometimes the ensuing conversation will be far more traumatic and time consuming, than if we kept this information to ourselves and work it out alone or speak of it when the time is right.
I must agree that there is no times when humans can ever think truly about nothing but the men you are talking about, the great ones are i think exceptions to most rules. But i bet even they had thoughts of a sexual nature more than once a day.
Studies have shown that healthy men have thoughts of a sexual nature about once every five minutes. Before looking down on men for this condition, however, consider that sex is just about the only thing that attracts men to women. So, be thankful!
Oh by the way i am just a man with a sense of humour.
I'd say that a man can be thinking about nothing- and a woman's can too.
All of us have times when we're just functioning on instinct. w/ no conscious thoughts. First thing in the morning? Before your coffee? When you're exhausted.
Being in shock can do ths to you too.
Zen masters learn to think about nothing at will, which can be very soothing; but most of us have points when the mind goes absolutley blank...
Wow, are you serious?! I didn't think you could do that! I Mean, as humans, our minds are always going, at least mine is, lol..... Great question! I will be following this one
I can answer this question from personal experience, being a man who has watched my own mind in Zen meditation for over 30 years.
Love the graphic! Pretty much matches my own mental inventory, by size and frequency.
Junkseller is off to a good start. Also, sometimes, especially if we are ill or toxic, the mind just goes blank, and we don't know what we are thinking. We're just zoned out.
Also, if asked "what are you thinking about?" some of us answer nothing when we are embarrassed about what we are thinking about. In that case, we do not want you to know, and we may not want to know ourselves. The male - probably human - ability to hide from ourselves is extraordinary.
I'm guessing that, in terms of actual experience, men and women are not that different. But in terms of self-awareness and willingness to share what we are experiencing, men have much less encouragement, training, and practice to be able to talk about what we are thinking or feeling.
Deep meditation, as in Zen or yoga, can create a mind state where verbal activity just stops. We are experiencing life, but not thinking about life. Athletes in the zone, dancers, and other artists can do this as well. Highly recommended!
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