Unordnung – Warum und wann ein bisschen Chaos uns guttut


Wie im vorherigen Post versprochen, hier nun die wichtigsten Quellen zu meinem Psychologie-Heute-Artikel Schon in Ordnung!. sowie im Anschluss daran weitere interessante Funde zum Thema, die ich gemacht habe, als der Artikel schon fertig war.

Die wichtigsten Quellen:


Tim Harford, Messy The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives. Riverhead Books, New York 2016

Eric Abrahamson, David H. Freedman, Das perfekte Chaos: Warum unordentliche Menschen glücklicher und effizienter sind. Econ Verlag, Berlin 2007 (Schon älter, erscheint, soweit ich sehen kann, nicht mehr auf Deutsch, sondern nur noch auf Englisch und ich habe es kaum verwendet)

Wichtige Artikel:

(Reihenfolge der Angaben: Autoren/Titel/Zeitschrift/Nr./Jahr/Seiten/DOI)

Delphine Dion, Ouidade Sabri, Valérie Guillard/Home Sweet Messy Home: Managing Symbolic Pollution/Journal of Consumer Research/41/2014/565-589/10.1086/676922

Kathleen D. Vohs, Joseph P. Redden, Ryan Rahinel/ Physical Order Produces Healthy Choices, Generosity, and Conventionality, Whereas Disorder Produces Creativity/Psychological Science/24(9)/2013/1860-1867/10.1177/0956797613480186

Boyoun (Grace) Chae, (Juliet) Zhu/Environmental Disorder Leads to Self-Regulatory Failure/Journal of Consumer Research/40/2014/1203-1218/10.1086/674547

Daniel D. Sleator, Robert E. Tarjan/Amortized efficiency of list update and paging rules/ Communications of the ACM/28(2)/1985/202-208/10.1145/2786.2793 ((doi führt zum Journal, eine andere Angabe habe ich nicht gefunden))

Steve Whittaker, Julia Hirschberg/The character, value and management of personal paper archives/ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction/8(2)/2001/150-170/ 10.1145/376929.376932

Steve Whittaker, Tara Matthews, Julian Cerruti, Hernan Badenes, John Tang/Am I wasting my time organizing email? A study of email refinding/CHI ’11 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems/2011/3449-3458/10.1145/1978942.1979457

Alison Kidd/The Marks are on the Knowledge Worker/CHI ’94 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems/1994/186-191/10.1145/191666.191740

Craig Knight, S. Alexander Haslam/The Relative Merits of Lean, Enriched, and Empowered Offices: An Experimental Examination of the Impact of Workspace Management Strategies on Well-Being and Productivity/Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied/16(2)/2010/158-172/10.1037/a0019292


Tralee Pearce/Good news: Living with messiness has its benefits/The Globe and Mail/ 2013 (Interview mit Eric Abrahamson)

Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths/File that under ‘M’ for messy/The Guardian/2016

Tom Vanderbilt/The Traffic Guru/Wilson Quaterly/2008 (Artikel über Hans Monderman)

Interessante spätere Funde, die mit dem zu tun haben, was ich in meinem Artikel beschreibe:

– Ms. Mann’s earliest photograph in the Gagosian exhibition focuses on Twombly’s tidy lineup of paints, brushes and stained cloths in a spartan linoleum-floored room. “I had no idea what level of misrule and chaos it would turn into,” she said. Over the sequence, the space becomes densely populated with Twombly’s secondhand finds, including a plastic flamingo and ceramic frog, and white plaster assemblage sculptures, bathed in hazy light filtering through the Venetian blinds. Aus:

Manchmal kann es auch starke äußere Anreize geben, radikal aufzuräumen:

Finally, under subpoena, Trump appeared for a short deposition. When asked about the missing documents, he made a shocking admission: The Trumps had been destroying their corporate records for the previous six months … in order to “save space,” Trump testified, officials with his company had been tossing documents into the shredder and garbage. Aus:

Der Autor Michael Bond:

„Paper is my problem. I have finished and unfinished stories all over the place. When I really want something – a particular page or a reference book – I can’t find it, so it doesn’t work incredibly well. I am running out of flat surfaces. It is ridiculous, really. And I am running out of space on my bookshelves – I have a lot of fat reference books everywhere and no space for anything new.“ Aus:

Über den Regisseur Chris Columbus:

On a white board behind the desk is a complicated-looking production schedule listing various projects at different stages of development … His cluttered desk is covered with DVDs, books and family photos. Aus:

– Das Foto von Ray Bradburys Büro spricht für sich 🙂

Aus einem Artikel über den leider verstorbenen Hans Rosling:

I first met him in his messy, overloaded office at Uppsala University …

– Ein schönes Zitat von Elke Heidenreich:

Der Sinn des Lebens kann nicht sein, am Ende die Wohnung aufgeräumt zu hinterlassen, oder?

The art of finding what you didn’t know you were looking for. Austin Kleon hat in dem Artikel verschiedene interessante Funde zum Thema Unordnung zusammengestellt. So fäbt der Post an:

In the terrific documentary about his work, The Secret Life of Lance Letscher, the collage artist points out that he doesn’t want his file boxes of source material organized too much, that he specifically avoids organizing them, so that he can find unexpected things when he starts searching.