Why do you think colouring books are therapeutic to individuals?

Please boost - looking for ~500 responses. This was a 3 hour debate on Friday night which we now want to see who is right!

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@indirection for me it helps provide a task with a level of detail and time to distract the chatter of my anxiety.

@scully If that was the case, why are you sharing the result? Why didn't you trash it? 🙂

I can't vote on the poll, but my opinion is they are both important, tightly bonded, but the process or result may be a bit more important to some people! So my vote would be "All 3".

@indirection not sure. I’m sure the paper version will end up in the recycling some day. But for now I use them for desktop images.

@scully So you did it for the process, but you have some attachment to the result...

A huge, massive point in our debate was, how do you measure "process means more", or "result means more". What is more? What is "1% more"? (I'm just rambling here)

It was a good Friday night. 😎

@indirection I have started many others and never completed them. Does that help? I use the process when I *need* the process. If I like the results, then so be it. I don't see this as an issue.

@scully I would say then you should've chosen "All 3" too, since now we're not even talking about a type of person, but just what you need in the moment!

Which is a very good point! We never touched on this!

Almost every single person I've talked to about this always brings up some new interesting aspect, which opens up a new can of worms lol.

@scully This is why at first, I was extremely stuck on "they are equal, no matter how you look at it".

But there are absolutely individuals who I imagine color a page, and never look back, or color a page and frame it on their wall.

So again, I think "All 3" is actually the most accurate... But again just my opinion; the point of the poll is to see how far off either of us are. My friend heavily believes it's process which generally matters more.

@indirection I presume the 3-hour debate was about whether people would perceive a difference between options 3 and 4.

@GrassrootsReview Actually you may be surprised that the answer is no!

My view was point 3. His view was point 1 (with the understanding that the result is still important, but *not as important*).

He's coming from a very behavioral/psychological understanding/background. He argued that generally, specifically for colouring books (we argued for other things but noticed other nuances when talking about different activities), the process is why people do them.

(To be continued...)

@GrassrootsReview The instant thought though is yes, everyone buys them "for the experience of colouring", but if you stop to think for a moment, it's more than just the colouring.

I brought up: what if you had a book of every possibility of what the final coloured page will look like, and showed them where they'd end up? Would they keep colouring?

What I gave them a black marker, would they still like the process if the result was all black?


@GrassrootsReview So I think with a bit of creative thinking we can at least establish this: people colour because they result does matter.

So my friend agreed that yes, the result is important, but the process is "the greater reason" for the colouring.

I can't agree, because how do you even measure this?

But then my friend's partner chimed in: some people will feel both ways, or in-between! And I agree with them, because they account for all 3 circumstances, but my friend still disagrees.

@GrassrootsReview The original argument was "they colour for the therapy, not the result", but it's vague because "what is therapy"? Well it's some process. And therapy requires *some* result too. Otherwise no one would find it therapeutic!

In this case therapeutic activity is colouring.

But what about chopping wood? He said he does it for the process and doesn't care about the result (chopped wood). I told him: then why not just chop into the ground? Why not just hit a nail with a hammer?

@GrassrootsReview Eventually this led me to saying he probably does it because of both: the process and result; i.e. the exercise and the chopped wood which *someone* can use.

I say this because he couldn't tell me why he liked chopping wood. 😛

@GrassrootsReview So that's it: therapy is the union of process and result which makes someone happy. Which of the parts mean more depend on the activity, person, time, place, and probably so many other factors!

That's why I believe option 4 is the correct answer here.

@indirection I did not want to end up in a 3-hour debate. To me the polls sounds like:
1) process
2) results
3) both
4) both

@GrassrootsReview Haha, yeah yeah, I just want to give a bit more context for others too.

The poll was hard to word, but no, that's not the case, it's:

1) process means more to you
2) result means more to you
3) they are equal
4) they are all true

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