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Why being a loner may be good for your health
This story is featured in BBC Future's "Best of 2018" collection. Discover more of our picks. I can be a reluctant socialiser. I'm sometimes secretly pleased when social plans are called off. I get restless a few hours into a hangout.

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Being a Loner can be good

  • Emerging research suggests there are upsides to being reclusive, all by ourselves, minding our own business – for both our work lives and our emotional well-being.
  • Prolonged solitude ...

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Improved creativity

  • Being a loner boosts the creative space.
  • Creativity has 

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Types of Social Withdrawal

Social withdrawal is categorized into three types:

  1. Shyness caused by fear or anxiety
  2. Avoidance, caused by a dislike of socializing
  3. Unsociability, caused by a preference f...

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Inward Focus

  • Since ancient times, people know the connection between isolation and mental focus. Cultures with traditions of old religions believe that solitude is important for enlightenment....

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The Loner: Useful Solitude

There is a difference between useful solitude and extreme isolation. If someone stops caring about people and cuts off all contact, this could point to pathological neglect of social relations, bec...

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“There’s a real danger with people who are never alone.”

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Loner: The Conclusion

  • It’s hard to be introspective, self-aware, and fully relaxed unless you have occasional solitude. 
  • Introverts tend to have fewer but stronger friendships – which has been linked t...

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Dealing with loneliness through creativity

One way people have always dealt with loneliness is through creativity. By metamorphosing their reality into art, lonely people throughout history have managed to interchange the sense of community relationships could foster with their creative outputs.

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Being alone has a kind of a rebound effect. It’s like bitter medicine, creating more positive emotions and less self-reported depression down the line.

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