The WSJ summarizes an April 2007 Psychology Today article. The study that is discussed sounds relevant to the one-sided push for more collaboration and team production in business, and co-authorship in academics. The benefits of collaboration should not blind us to the costs.
Amanda Guyer, a psychologist at the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., has found that individuals who withdraw from other people’s company are more sensitive than extroverts to a wide range of positive emotional cues. Situations rife with emotional triggers, such as parties, can be wearying for such people, while solitude serves as a refreshing balm.
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