I have a lot of clients struggling with isolation, especially during COVID. They often feel as though something is wrong with them for not wanting to be more socially engaged. A lot of the work I do looks at human behavior through an evolutionary lens. If we look at social...
behavior this way, it's hard to see why we would have evolved any drive to aggressively seek interaction with others. In the early era of nomadic humans, we were always surrounded by others. Our fellow humans were just THERE. Sure, we have a strong drive to stay together, but...
seeking others is not hard-wired. In fact, it would make sense that we DON'T want to seek others in an effort to avoid any form of tribal conflict. In modern society, however, we have to WORK to socialize with others unless we happen to be highly extroverted...
It's perfectly OK to not feel driven to spend time with others. It's OK to struggle to make and maintain connections. We have to consciously schedule social interaction and make it a habit, because seeking it is not as hard-wired in us as we might think...
Would love to hear from people like @HeatherEHeying or @BretWeinstein about this. This is just hypothesis, so I'd love to hear what someone more expert in the field of evolutionary psychology/biology might think. Either way, needing help to #connect is nothing to be ashamed of.
What has been your experience with staying connected during #COVID?

#addiction #recovery #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmonday
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