“…there may be conflict between aspiring to greater goals and being tied to our evolutionary need for co-operation.”
“Evolutionary psychologists have found that among the extremely intelligent, more frequent social interaction is actually linked with reduced satisfaction…But among ‘the extremely intelligent’ more frequent social interaction was found to be linked with reduced life satisfaction…The researchers believe smarter individuals may be able to better adapt to the challenges of modern life, and may find it easier to leave their ancestral social roots behind in order to forge ahead in life.”
A new study has found that for intelligent people, the more frequently they socialise with friends, the less satisfied they are with life. The findings come from two evolutionary psychologists who challenge the modern view that the more social contact we have the happier we will likely be.
…more frequent socialisation with friends had a more positive association with levels of life satisfaction for people with average intelligence…For the most intelligent among us, it may be that there is conflict between aspiring to greater goals and being tied to our evolutionary past.