Social Nourishment + Restorative Solitude = Human Thriving
Source: Pixabay Humans thrive on a smorgasbord of "social nutrition" that includes both restorative alone time and meaningful social interactions, according to a new study. The more choice people have about the social diet, the better they do. The findings (Hall & Merolla, 2019) were published on December 6 in the journal Human Communication Research. Jeffrey Hall of the University of Kansas and Andy Merolla of UC Santa Barbara are the co-authors of this study. article continues after advertisement Almost 400 people participated in this diary-based study. "Your social biome can be thought of as homeostatic social system," Hall said in a news release. Most people's "social biome" includes hanging out with friends or family, casual small talk with random strangers, occasional heart-to-heart conversations, periods of solitude, and more. This animated YouTube video sums up what Hall and Merolla discovered while mapping social biomes. What Is the Communicate Bond Belong (CBB) Theory?
Are You an Ambivert?
I have always struggled with the question: “Are you an extrovert or introvert?” Like most people, I don’t quite fit into either category. In this article and video I want to introduce you to the concept of an ambivert: Ambivert: n Someone who exhibits qualities of both introversion and extroversion. Extroversion and introversion describe how someone reacts to people. Research has found that how we react to people is physiological. We can also self-select our tendency towards extroversion. I am drawn to people, I get energy from social gatherings and am pretty outgoing. I will use the terms as labels for the sake of the article, but let’s get one thing straight: It’s Not a Label, It’s a Spectrum Instead of thinking about extroversion or introversion as labels, let’s think about this as an extroversion spectrum: When I talk about the Big 5 Personality traits I explain that there is an extroversion scale. Why Ambiverts Are Awesome 1. First, lets find out how you rank on the scale. 2. 3. 4. Toxic:
Ambiverts, Problem-Finders, and the Surprising Secrets of Selling Your Ideas
Whether it’s “selling” your ideas, your writing, or yourself to a potential mate, the art of the sell is crucial to your fulfillment in life, both personal and professional. So argues Dan Pink in To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others (public library; UK) — a provocative anatomy of the art-science of “selling” in the broadest possible sense of the word, substantiated by ample research spanning psychology, behavioral economics, and the social sciences. Pink, wary of the disagreeable twinges accompanying the claim that everyone should self-identify as a salesperson, preemptively counters in the introduction: I’m convinced we’ve gotten it wrong.This is a book about sales. But it is unlike any book about sales you have read (or ignored) before. That’s because selling in all its dimensions — whether pushing Buicks on a lot or pitching ideas in a meeting — has changed more in the last ten years than it did over the previous hundred. Pink summarizes:
7 Persistent Myths about Introverts & Extroverts
Myths and misunderstandings about both introverts and extroverts abound. Introverts don’t like people. Extroverts are shallow. These are just some of the fictions surrounding these types. “The introvert gets their energy from within, while the extrovert is charged up by people, places and stimuli outside of them,” according to Jennifer B. Introverts embrace solitude and require alone time, she said. Extroverts like to mingle and move around in social situations. In other words, external activities excite extroverts, while ideas and inner reflection stimulate introverts, writes clinical psychologist Laurie Helgoe, Ph.D, in her book Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength. “Brain imaging studies have shown that when introverts and extroverts respond to external stimulation, introverts have more activity in the regions of the brain that process information, make meaning and problem solve,” she said. Below, you’ll find more common misconceptions, followed by the facts.