Many studies have shown that highly intelligent people can be happier if they are alone.
Some people are social butterflies who enjoy their great community of mates, but a study that was released last year found that not everybody is wired like this. Indeed, highly smart people may actually be happiest when they are alone.
The research focuses on the “savannah principle,” better known as the ‘evolutionary hypothesis of heritage.’ This principle claims that today’s people in the modern world have reactions as their ancestors did when men were mostly in the wilderness.
The study used data from the Adolescent Health (Add Health) National Longitudinal Survey, which analyzed over 15 000 participants between 18 years of age and 28. Initially, they tried to relate levels of life satisfaction to population density, and thus, they naturally compared findings from rural to urban populations.
In general, they found that people in the more populated areas are more depressed than people who live in the less populated regions. Researchers find this to be one fact that supports the theory of the Savannah because large groups of people are volatile and that most of our ancestors developed in groups of people who rarely exceeded 150 people over time.
The study revealed that people of average intelligence disagreed more than anyone else in larger groups and highly intelligent individuals might relate better to these large groups even though they preferred to be alone much of the time.
Amity fulfills basic psychological needs by getting someone to communicate with, the need to be wanted and to share your experiences. If extrapolated, we can see that partnerships in the community benefit from survival as they are helping to hunt/eat, reproduce and raise children.
Although the study reveals that everyone enjoys some close relationships rather than several poor ones, intelligent people were found to be happier when they were fully alone. The study also found that greater quantities of socializing time are associated with higher intelligence in order to complicate matters a little.
Maybe we should eradicate the perception that cleverer people have a socializing experience from time to time, but are happy when they are all alone.
What do you think? What do you believe?