Why do high IQ people like to be alone?

We often think that the interaction between people makes people happier, but in fact, smart people enjoy being alone. High IQ people believe that time is one of the most precious resources of a person. To master any skill, it takes a lot of time and does not leave most of the time for yourself.


There are two meanings to solitude: one is the independent state relative to the outside world, and the other is to stay alone.

The former is that when the outside world is actively discussing a hot topic, people with high IQ often ask themselves if they want to follow them. Most of them will keep their own ideas and then turn a blind eye. Because for them, they already know this and have their own ideas, why bother to argue who is right and who is wrong, not to mention that there is no absolute in this world. This is solitude, and people with high IQ are often different.

For the latter, it is not to love the excitement. The team led by British psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa analyzed 15,000 Britons between the ages of 18 and 28 to learn more about their living environment, health status, IQ and communication. It is not too surprising to draw such a conclusion:

People with lower IQ, who live in densely populated areas (such as metropolitan areas), are less comfortable than they live in the country. The more you interact with your close friends, the happier they are.

In contrast, people with high IQ prefer to live in cities, and more homes – the less they interact with close friends, the happier they are.


The study was published in the British Journal of Psychology.

Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist, explained that the human brain, now reacting to the environment around it, still reacts like the human ancestors in the African savannah: empty, few people, people feel safer and happier.

This can also explain most of the literary works in China today. The description of the country and nature is more positive, and the grievances about the city are mostly negative. This is an emotional and intellectual ancestral phenomenon.


Research in the British Journal of Psychology also points out that population density and friendship affect our perception of happiness.

Evolutionary psychologists Kanazawa and Norman Lee (Li) found that people usually feel happier when they get along with others, but for very smart people, the situation is different.

The two psychologists say that the way our ancestors lived laid the foundation for what makes us feel happy in modern society.

Studies have shown that respondents living in densely populated areas are generally more dissatisfied with their lives than those living in less populated areas.

Psychologists also found that the closer the social interaction between a person and a close friend, the stronger their happiness.

However, there is one very important exception to this.

For people with high IQ, their feelings are different from the above research results, and some are even the opposite. In other words: When smart people are with friends, they actually feel even more unhappy.

Researchers say this is because in modern life, smart people are more likely to adapt to the environment around them, so they don’t need to rely on close relationships to get accommodations like our ancestors.

Another explanation is that smart people tend to be more ambitious and ambitious, and they want to spend more time on achieving their goals than on socializing.


In addition, psychologists from the Singapore Management University and the London School of Economics and Politics have also found that ordinary people will be happier when they get along with their peers, but the group of high-skilled businessmen will not.

Psychologists conducted two studies, based on data from interviews with 15,000 18- to 28-year-old participants in 2001 and 2002.

In the first study, the researchers analyzed the correlation between participants’ IQ, population density, and data on life satisfaction. The results of the data analysis show that in an environment with low population density, the mood of ordinary people will be more pleasant, but the group of high-skilled businessmen will not.

In the second study, the researchers analyzed the participants’ IQ, their relationship to life satisfaction and the frequency of participation in social activities. The results show that the general intelligence business group and people in the relationship, the mood will be more comfortable, but the high intelligence merchant group does not meet this trait. On the contrary, the group of high-skilled businessmen will be in a bad mood when they are socializing.

The researchers said that the “savannah happiness theory” can be used to explain this phenomenon.

During our ancestral period, the population density was low. People depended on hunting to survive. Keeping in touch with the people around them is a necessary condition for survival and reproduction. Communicating with people has a sense of well-being. With the development of the times, the IQ factor has begun to influence this feeling. The group of Gaozhi merchants quickly adjusts and adapts to the environment, and they are more likely to break away from the root causes of their ancestors and to forge ahead.

For high-skilled businessmen, frequent social activities actually reduce life satisfaction, they may not be unsocial, but prefer to be alone.


So you should understand why “people with high IQs like to be alone” is why.

Human beings must constantly evolve to adapt to the new environment. When changes occur, they are always the first to change by the smartest of them.

Technological advances have occurred in large cities, and more and more people are living in cities. This new environment, and the smartest group, began to adapt and feel happy in it. Although the ancient genes tell them that people are so dense and dangerous! Not comfortable! But they turned off the alarm.

Of course, the same thing, there will be different analysis angles, Carol Graham, who studies happiness, believes that when a person has high IQ, he knows that socialization often means wasting time. Being alone is conducive to self-improvement and long-term pursuit aims.

No matter from which point of view, if you live in the city and enjoy this state, it seems that you can steal it: this is the embodiment of IQ!

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