Human needs – socialization

Hello dear readers. As you see from the heading in this blog I will talk about human’s one of the most important need – socialization. After pandemic and isolation people accustomed to work from home, remain all kind of relationship remotely etc. According to some opinions, this is introverts haven and extrovert’s hell. According to business owners, remote working saves time, energy and other resource, but some employee works overtime, or cannot really concentrate while working remotely and so on.

“We are social animals; it’s a fundamental aspect of being human,” says neurologist Dan Kaufer, MD, director of the UNC Memory Disorders Program. Socialization is the process when people are taught to be proficient members of a society. A study from 2011, published in the journal Nature, argues that being social became a key strength for the primate ancestors of humans when there were predators and other danger, because it was directly connected to survival and as you know survival instinct is the strongest instinct of the living creature.

Matthew Lieberman wrote Social: Why Our Brains are Wired to Connect (2013), which provides an overview of the neural pathways in the brain that are associated with communication, socialization, and human connection. In this work you can find explanation how the brain evolved to be wired in a way that promotes social behaviors with examples.

We agree that it is essential human need but do you know that socialization is much more beneficial for us?!

1.Face-to-face contact is like a stress vaccine – Psychologist Susan Pinker states that direct person-to-person contact releases a whole cascade of neurotransmitters shaking hands, giving somebody a high-five is enough to release oxytocin, which increases your level of trust, and it lowers your cortisol levels, so it lowers your stress.

That is why we’re not talking about Facebook and Instagram. That kind of social interaction doesn’t count as much as direct personal interaction.

2. Research has shown that by interacting with others, we actually train our brains. They keep your mind sharp and improve cognitive function. Socialization can lower the risk of dementia. Prof. Matthew Lieberman — from the University of California, Los Angeles claims that “when you’re socially motivated to learn, the social brain can do the learning and it can do it better than the analytical network that you typically activate when you try to memorize.”

3. Social context determines healthful habits – It might be that just being around people who encourage us to keep healthful habits or achieve challenging lifestyle goals could help us to remain mindful of our eating, exercise, and other lifestyle-related habits. That is why exercising with groups are quite popular. According to Dr. Kaufer  “When people are around others, they want to present themselves in a positive way, which includes maintaining a good outward appearance by grooming and possibly staying fit

However, from time to time , interacting with people has a lot of benefits and is essential to be happier, to study better, and to live longer, we also need “me time”, when you can concentrate on and explore yourself, charge you batteries.

Now keep your devices away and call your old friend.

Mariam

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