Psychologists Explain Why Intelligent People Have Fewer Friends


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Undoubtedly, friends are the most needed people and constant communication with people has its advantages. Scientists decided to answer the question: Is friend really necessary for happiness and satisfaction? They conducted a special study for the most appropriate answer.

15 000 people aged 18 to 28 years who live in areas with different population densities and interact with friends with different frequency took part in the study.

Psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li from Singapore Management University, analyzed the results of the study that made several conclusions. Firstly, people living in densely populated areas tend to feel less happy. Secondly, the majority of happiness should be constant communication with like-minded people and friends. The higher the close contact, the higher the level of happiness. Third, people with higher intelligence are more often the exception to the rule. British Journal of Psychology published the results.

The higher the IQ is, the less people in need of constant communication. Intellectuals feel less satisfaction out of life. Their happiness doesn’t depend on the role of “the eternal soul of the company.”


People with high intelligence has a small circle of friends:

Human brain with high intellectual abilities arranged differently. This applies even to matters of communication. An intellectual is comfortable in his own world. People with high intelligence feel that social activity is an evil than the essence of life. Most of the intellectuals are loners, but not everybody can accept the truth. The more smart people communicate with others, the less they feel happy. Intelligent people are passionate about things rather than socializing.

Researcher Carol Graham of the Brookings Institution and an expert of happiness believes that smart people use most of their time in order to achieve long-term desires. Intellectuals find happiness in things that lead to concrete results.
A doctor working on a vaccine against cancer or a writer writing outstanding novel, do not require frequent interaction with other people. Because it distracts them from the main aspect, and therefore adversely affects the feeling of happiness and disturbs inner harmony.


The reasons lie in the distant past:

There is a concept named “savanna happiness theory.” According to it, we all are not just genes, but also the memory of our ancestors. Lifestyle of ancient hunters, with which our story began, still influences our life as a whole and even to the inner feeling of happiness.

We feel absolutely happy in the same situations and circumstances in which people used to feel happiness thousands of years ago.

However, the ancestors of the African savannah numbered no more than 150 members. And they lived by our standard, the population used to live in distant provinces and there was less than one person per square kilometer. They had to always stick together to survive in a hostile environment.

Now we live in the era of technology and the huge number of people around. But the majority of our contemporaries continue to be incorporated in quality evolution. Like the body exists in one situation, but the brain – to the other. The body is in the city with a few thousand inhabitants per square kilometer, and the brain – in a desert savanna.

Most of us do this.


High intelligence allows adapting to the new conditions:

Intellectuals, in contrast to people with average mental abilities, at some stage of evolution could overcome the mismatch between the memory of the past and the present.

So in general, higher intelligence allows them to adapt in an easier way. Apparently, the nature of the task entrusted to them to solve new evolutionary challenges. So, smart people can easily live by their own laws.

High intelligence allows people to move to the target without relying on others. People who have them are in harmony with each other, and only from time to time require close communication.


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