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    Non-Fearful Social Withdrawal Linked Positively to Creativity



    Summary: A new study reports there is an upside to social withdrawal, it can help to boost creativity.

    Source: University of Buffalo.

    Everyone needs an occasional break from the social ramble, though spending too much time in solitude is undesirable for mental health and there is growing significance that the psychosocial effects of spending too much time alone can last for a lifetime.

    However, a recent research carried out by psychologists of University at Buffalo indicates that not all forms of social withdrawal are detrimental.

    In fact, the results from a recent research suggests that one form of social withdrawal, known as unsociability, is not only unrelated to negative outcomes, but associated positively in increasing creativity among individuals.

    Some people withdraw out of fear or anxiety. This type of social withdrawal is because of shyness. Others appear to withdraw because they are not fond of social interaction. They are considered socially avoidant.

    But some people withdraw due to a non-fearful desire for solitude. These individuals enjoy being alone for a while, reading or working on their computers. They are unsociable. Unlike shyness and avoidance, research consistently reveals that unsociability is unrelated to negative outcomes. But, this study is the first to connect it to a positive outcome, creativity.

    For the study, 295 subjects reported on their different motivations for social withdrawal. Other self-report measures evaluated creativity, depressive symptoms, anxiety sensitivity, aggression, and the behavioral approach system (BAS), which regulates approach behaviors and desires, and the behavioral inhibition system (BIS), which regulates avoidant behaviors and desires.

    Not only was unsociability linked positively to creativity, but the study results also revealed other unique associations, such as a positive link between shyness and anxiety sensitivity.

    Published: University of Buffalo.

    Contact: Bert Gambini – University at Buffalo.

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