While most people are told that being alone and aloof is not healthy for your mind, but new research suggests certain perks of solitude. Read on to know more.
The Perks of Solitude
Conventional wisdom has told throughout our lives to go out, meet new people and be gregarious. The dictum, ‘Man is a social animal’, gives out an essence of the above statement. This has made the idea of introverts and people who don’t socialize, relatively a negative one.
But recent research has given a new meaning to solitude and people who enjoy it. There are various benefits of it, which is good news for all the reluctant socializer out there. If you are the type of a person who gets restless when hanging out or feels pleased then this article will further help you feel better at being alone.
Solitude Inspires Creativity
First of all, the key benefit from solitude is Creativity. Creativity is defined as something which has originality and usefulness. The personality traits associated with it are being open-minded, that is receptive to new ideas and experiences, self-efficacy, meaning having confidence in yourself, and autonomy, signifying independence from others.
All these things suggest that a person with these characteristics may have a lack for social norms, and would prefer being alone. In fact, studies have shown, while focusing on various artists and scientists, that the distinguishable feature of such creative people is their lack of interest in socializing.
Such people love working alone as solitude further fuel their creativity and inspire them to create new things. Another reason is that a person needs a sustained amount of time on a project, which may require working on for hours without human contact.
Researchers argue that scientists or artists are actually trying to make sense of their internal self. And a lot of these internal personal explorations are in turn reflected in their work. Solitude allows for one to reflect back and make a necessary observation, which is necessary for the overall creative process.
Good for Leadership
Another benefit, studies argue, of solitude is that it is good for leadership, which is surprising to note. As conventional wisdom has always suggested that a good leader needs to be gregarious and extrovert. But studies show that even introverts inspire good leadership, how so?
The reason for this is that introverted people are less likely to feel threatened with other’s and their opinions. In fact, they are very open to new ideas and suggestions and inculcate an overall healthy work environment.
Studies have also linked isolation and mental focus, and argue that isolation leads to greater mental focus. Good mental focus is extremely important for good leadership.
Good for the Brain
Studies also show that solitude is also good for the brain. The reason being when are alone, we are away from distractions. And the absence of distractions leads the brain to be more efficient. It also helps in consolidating our memory and understand other people’s emotions.
However, there is a fine line between useful solitude and dangerous isolation. We need to be aware of when being in solitude helps us and when it can lead to issues of loneliness and depression. It’s one thing to be a reluctant socializer but another thing is too indifferent to other people’s needs.
Overall, it depends on your personality. If you like going out and socializing with people then you do you! But if you feel the need to take a break and require some solitude, then feel free to clear your social calendar…science recommends it! So, cheers and be awesome and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!