Highly Intelligent People are Less Satisfactory when Socialise with Friends

Humans are categorized based on numerous factors, the psychological factor being the most prominent one. Researchers, Norman Li and Satoshi Kanazawa have published a paper in the British Journal of Psychology, in which they stated that the highly intelligent people are likely to be less satisfactory when they socialize frequently.

The highly intelligent people are identified to be happier when they are left alone. Both the researchers have surveyed 15,197 individuals between the ages of 18 and 28 to arrive at such a conclusion. The data was part of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. It is a survey that measures life satisfaction, intelligence, and health.

The data showed that the individuals when around dense crowd of strangers typically feel unhappy while socialising with friends lead to happiness. However, this is not same with the highly intelligent people.

The researchers employed the “savanna theory of happiness” to explain their findings of the study. According to this theory, life satisfaction is based on the event currently happening and the way our ancestor may have reacted to the event. Evolutionary psychology asserts that the human brain is tuned and adapted to the conditions of an ancestral environment. The researchers therefore argue that, our brains might encounter a problem on deciding how to react when dealing with situations peculiar to the present times.

Population density and the frequency of socialising with friends are the two points of difference between ancestral and modern life. The authors argue that the highly intelligent people are not affected according to the savanna theory of happiness while others do.

Kanazawa explained, “In general, more intelligent individuals are more likely to have ‘unnatural’ preferences and values that our ancestors did not have.” He further added, “It is extremely natural for species like humans to seek and desire friendships and, as a result, more intelligent individuals are likely to seek them less.”

The highly smart people are considered to share different opinions and ideas from that of our ancestors.

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