Fri­day (and Mon­day) on our minds

The Scotsman - - News - JOHN VON RADOWITZ

FOR­GET­TING what day of the week it is may be the re­sult of as­so­ci­at­ing Mon­day with mis­ery and Fri­day with fun, say psy­chol­o­gists.

The two ends of the work­ing week both have strong iden­ti­ties, push­ing “non-de­script” Tues­day, Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day to the back of our minds.

Asked what words they strongly as­so­ci­ated with dif­fer­ent days, study vol­un­teers at­tached more men­tal rep­re­sen­ta­tions to Mon­day and Fri­day.

While Mon­days mainly prompted neg­a­tive words such as “bor­ing”, “hec­tic” and “tired”, Fri­days were as­so­ci­ated with pos­i­tive words in­clud­ing “party”, “free­dom” and “re­lease”.

Al­most 40% of the par­tic­i­pants said they some­times con­fused the cur­rent day with the pre­vi­ous or fol­low­ing day, mostly dur­ing mid­week.

Even more con­fu­sion reigned dur­ing a Bank Hol­i­day week, with peo­ple of­ten feel­ing they were a day be­hind.

Dr David El­lis, from the Univer­sity of Lin­coln’s School of Psy­chol­ogy, said: “The seven day weekly cy­cle is re­peated for all of us from birth, and we be­lieve this re­sults in each day of the week ac­quir­ing its own char­ac­ter. In­deed, more than a third of par­tic­i­pants re­ported the cur­rent day felt like a dif­fer­ent day.”

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