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Do you love being alone? All thanks to your intelligence

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Loneliness is synonymous with intelligence, two scientific researches highlight it

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Intelligence leads to loneliness. If you suspected it, confirmation now comes from science. But be careful, this is not a malaise but a lifestyle choice. In short: better few but good.

In fact, it seems that the smartest people are really happy to be alone. To say it is a research carried out by two psychologists, Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of the Singapore Management University.

After analyzing the behavior of 15 thousand young adults from 18 to 28 years of age, and based on the data collected, the two found that people with above average IQ tend to have few friends and not frequent them very much.

Not only. They would also be happier and more satisfied with spending time alone rather than in the company of others.

The study

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The study, entitled “Country roads, take me home … to my friends: How intelligence, population density, and friendship affect modern happiness” and published in the British Journal of Psychology, reveals that the more intelligent an individual, the lower the level of life satisfaction in the event of frequent socializing with friends.

For researchers, the “Savannah Happiness Theory”, created by them, could provide some answers.

Scientists argue that influencing our lives are not only the consequences of the situation we are experiencing in this present, but also those experienced by our ancestors.

The reasons

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Two would be the fundamental reasons for this choice, both connected with the evolution of the human species: in prehistory when man lived in a tribe, being part of a group facilitated survival, however, the most intelligent over time tended to emancipate themselves from these bonds as they were capable of taking care of the family on their own.

There is also a second aspect: the most intelligent people are more concentrated in achieving their goals and therefore have less time to spend with friends. Those who have a high IQ, therefore, are sufficient for themselves and are less inclined to seek bonds of friendship as they do not need others.

In general, happiness was found to be indirectly proportional to the population density of an environment and directly proportional to the number of social interactions with close friends.

Those who live in densely populated places usually feel less happy and in order to feel satisfied and peaceful, they must associate with people who share their thoughts: the closer the communication, the greater the level of happiness that can be achieved seems to be. . For smart people, however, the situation is different: they are less happy when forced to socialize frequently with their friends.

For them, obtaining recognition in the group is not a necessity of life, and consequently they prefer to have a small social circle.

Further interpretations

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Carol Graham, a researcher at the Brookings Institution, gives a further interpretation of this phenomenon. She is also convinced that smarter people are less willing to spend time with friends, but this is because they are much more focused on their goals and their work. In short, for them, socializing represents a distraction from more important things.

Savannah’s theory of happiness is not the first research to show that the more intelligent one is, the more alone one is. Even a study by the University of Florida has revealed that above average intelligence leads people, from the earliest years of childhood, to prefer solitude by avoiding relationships with peers and others in general.

Science has carried out several studies in the psychological and sociological field and all the results highlight a fact: those who have a high level of intelligence always end up leading a life in solitude and face it much more easily than other people. The reason? They are enough on their own.

Spending time away from others: effects

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Spending so much time away from others has its positive effects on creativity which ends up developing further. In fact, inspiration increases thanks to solitude and is considered a natural path for brilliant minds.

The ingenuity manages to see the outside world in a detached way, achieving excellent results without getting lost in socialization. According to the discovery by Anders Ericsson, a professor of psychology at Florida State University, the importance of a fundamental gene for having a brilliant mind emerges: that of being introverted.

So don’t worry if you prefer loneliness. Behind this choice the sign of a higher intelligence could be hidden.

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