Psychological health

Why You Don’t Need Friends To Be Happy

Do you think life is impossible without friends? This post helps you find out why friends are not necessary and how you can better feel lonely.

Let’s face it: social interactions are important. We need to interact with others to get things done.
You need to talk to the grocery clerk to get the food you need. You need to talk to your boss in order to complete the work. And you need to talk to police officers and firefighters to get the help you need.

Social interactions have been essential in all stages of human development. Several thousand years ago, there was a “cognitive revolution” in human evolution in which humans developed a strong need to communicate with other humans on a much more intense level than it used to be.

Friends are not necessary to our survival or even our happiness

Essentially, the need for social interactions arose from our desire and need to share a more detailed understanding of the world and things to do with other humans. There have been similar changes in the evolution of other animal species but with humans, the focus has been on communicating more detailed material and experiences.

Why you don’t need friends to be happy

Other animal species also emphasize communication between individuals. This communication is often different from human communication but carries with it the same basic benefits. Non-human animals communicate with each other to share experiences and satisfy needs. It would be difficult to overemphasize the importance of interpersonal communication for the development of humans and non-human animals. Much of how all animals have evolved over the years has been to allow them to interact more effectively with other members of their kind.

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But the importance of social interactions has led to an overemphasis, at least when it comes to humans, on the quality and intensity of those social relationships. We need to interact with each other but these relationships don’t have to reach anything more than a basic level of connectedness. It’s good to have strong Social relations But it is not necessary for our survival or even our happiness. Simply, it is not so it is necessary For people to have friends.

I talk about this because I have worked with a number of individuals over the years who have struggled with their lack of ability to make or maintain friendships. Often these are individuals with autism or some other personality condition or trait that causes them to experience difficulties in social relationships. But this can also be a problem that arises simply because the person is not the type to make or keep friends easily or may have difficulties with friendships due to an isolated location or repetitive motions.

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It is often very sad in these situations to see how negative people can get themselves up when they have no friends. They may be able to do well in terms of getting things done that they need to do; They may also be able to contribute a lot to their communities. But when people can’t make friends, they often think very negatively of themselves, even if they have reason to be very positive about other aspects of their lives.

Why you don’t need friends to be happy

In my opinion, the emphasis people place on friendships and intense social relationships comes because humans are often described as “social animals”. There is an expectation that Because We are animals for whom social relationships are important Should Follow equally that the more serious the social relationship, the better.

But in a book reviewing comparative social psychology research, Terry Maple and I (2016) find significant evidence that being a “social animal” does not require emotionally intimate relationships like “friendships.” Having friends is nice and can be helpful – but it’s not necessary to survive in social settings.

Social isolation is harmful – but there is a huge gap between being ‘socially isolated’ and having ‘friendships’. You can get all the benefits associated with social relationships only by having the ability to interact with others. It is not necessary – although it may be nice – that any of these relationships meet the criteria for “friendships”.

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