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Dysrhythmia

 

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Description

Dysrhythmia is the breaking of a rhythmic pattern.

Example

I will come, I will conquer, I will rule, but I will not stay forever.

Cleaning the house, cleaning the car, dirt in the garden. Dirt can be good. Dirt can grow plants. Your dirt needs tender care.

Running, jumping, thumping, bumping. Bashing, crashing.
Falling, failing.
Ending.

Discussion

Patterns are set up by repetition, with two or three instances used to create the rhythm. The repetition may be through such as words, syllables or sounds. All it takes is a small disturbance and the pattern, which may remain in some form, is changed.

When we hear patterns, we start to predict what will happen next. When that pattern is broken, we are surprised, which creates the stimulation of arousal and consequent attention.

Classification: Repetition

See also

Repetition principle

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