What’s better – to be alone or with people?
Psychologists have studied this question, and it was revealed to them that people who live in densely-populated areas are as a whole less-satisfied with their lives. In fact, villagers rarely commit suicide and generally don’t understand this urban trend.
A second discovery was that people who communicate with close friends often are usually happier. And apparently the converse is also true; the more obnoxious people there are in your social circle, the more unhappy you are.
But it turns out that these self-evident things aren’t true among the intellectual public. There, it’s quite the opposite; the more someone spends time with (or time on) their friends, the less happy they are.
Is there any explanation? Carol Graham, who studies the economics of happiness (I don’t know what that means), gives us one. I’m won’t outline the whole thought process here, as it is mostly milk-and-water, but the point is that intelligent people are focused on other things. That is, they concentrate on reaching their long-term intellectual goals, and everything that distracts them makes them unhappy.
It seems to me that’s only true for geniuses or extremely talented people who have “found themselves”; that is, they are doing the things they love.
On the other hand, there might be a person who is very focused on their goals that doesn’t have a shred of actual talent. For example, what about graphomaniacs or inventors of perpetual motion machines?
Alas, the psychologists didn’t surprise us, even if they were strongly passionate about their research and refused to keep close friends.
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