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According to one of the definitions in the Urban Dictionary, mental masturbation is:
“The act of engaging in impractical/nonproductive mental exercise/thinkings/writings through which a practitioner only comforts oneself mentally. Such acts don’t lead to any constructive results what so ever in the real world.”
Most people have experienced “mental masturbation” in one form or another in the workplace. The above clip from the movie, Office Space provides a perfect illustration of this concept when Peter’s numerous bosses constantly remind him of putting a cover sheet on all his TPS reports.
I’d love to hear some of your personal anecdotes regarding pointless or inane activity at your workplace during some period in your life.
The more humorous the better.