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Almanac
07-03-2010, 11:21 PM
Interesting study indicates that "the happy life is social and convesationally deep rather than solitary and superficial."


Greater well-being was related to spending less time alone and more time talking to others: The happiest participants spent 25% less time alone and 70% more time talking than the unhappiest participants. In addition to the difference in the amount of social interactions happy and unhappy people had, there was also a difference in the types of conversations they took part in: The happiest participants had twice as many substantive conversations and one third as much small talk as the unhappiest participants.

These findings suggest that the happy life is social and conversationally deep rather than solitary and superficial. The researchers surmise that — though the current findings cannot identify the causal direction — deep conversations may have the potential to make people happier.

Source. (http://esciencenews.com/articles/2010/03/04/well.being.related.having.less.small.talk.and.more .substantive.conversations)

Happy chatting: just keep it deep! :D

C. Flower
07-03-2010, 11:27 PM
Nice one, Almanac. Perhaps we should have a special forum for deep and meaningfuls.

RosaLuxembourg
11-03-2010, 04:22 PM
The most interesting things in life are sex, religion and politics but they arent always the wisest topics to bring up.

mutley
11-03-2010, 04:31 PM
I.m not to sure I buy into that survey, as the results could vary greatly, depending on whether mostly intoverts or mostly extoverts, or a good mixture of both were surveyed.


Introverts generally enjoy conversation of a deep nature and can be irritated or show a lack of interest in fuff talk, or talking for the sake of talking
Extroverts while also enjoying deep conversations are happy also chewing and talking for the sake of talking :)

http://giftedkids.about.com/od/glossary/g/introvert.htm

or an extrovert

http://giftedkids.about.com/od/glossary/g/extrovert.htm


I always thought I was an extrovert as I am quite outgoing, until someone explained what being an introvert actually meant :)

Tony1975
11-03-2010, 04:37 PM
I.m not to sure I buy into that survey, as the results could vary greatly, depending on whether mostly intoverts or mostly extoverts, or a good mixture of both were surveyed.


Introverts generally enjoy conversation of a deep nature and can be irritated or show a lack of interest in fuff talk, or talking for the sake of talking
Extroverts while also enjoying deep conversations are happy also chewing and talking for the sake of talking :)

http://giftedkids.about.com/od/glossary/g/introvert.htm

or an extrovert

http://giftedkids.about.com/od/glossary/g/extrovert.htm


I always thought I was an extrovert as I am quite outgoing, until someone explained what being an introvert actually meant :)

Interesting, Mutley. I would have described myself as an extrovert as well, when I'm clearly an introvert.
I thought I was an introvert during the awkward teen years. In actual fact I was just a sulky little bastard.

mutley
11-03-2010, 04:38 PM
Interesting, Mutley. I would have described myself as an extrovert as well, when I'm clearly an introvert.
I thought I was an introvert during the awkward teen years. In actual fact I was just a sulky little bastard.



My best friend is an extrovert, sometimes I have to hide from her, to much fluff talk taxes my brain :)

Almanac
11-03-2010, 07:06 PM
Extroversion is not quite the same as being talkative.

Recently a scientifically-founded consensus has emerged in psychology regarding the five over-arching personality traits which structure all personality. Other personality traits can be subsumed within these categories.

If you want to find out what you're really like, complete a Big Five personality test. Read about the Big Five personality traits at the below link:

Big Five (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Five_personality_traits)

mutley
11-03-2010, 08:00 PM
Extroversion is not quite the same as being talkative.

Recently a scientifically-founded consensus has emerged in psychology regarding the five over-arching personality traits which structure all personality. Other personality traits can be subsumed within these categories.

If you want to find out what you're really like, complete a personality thread:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Five_personality_traits

No I know its not quite the same

Will try out that test later :)

Almanac
11-03-2010, 08:04 PM
No I know its not quite the same

Will try out that test later :)

The findings of all major theorists can be categorised within these five dimensions.

Personality Project (http://personality-project.org/perproj/theory/Big5.table.html)

Almanac
11-03-2010, 08:06 PM
A Big Five test available here (http://www.outofservice.com/bigfive/)

mutley
11-03-2010, 08:21 PM
The findings of all major theorists can be categorised within these five dimensions.

Personality Project (http://personality-project.org/perproj/theory/Big5.table.html)


I think that Extroverts are happier making small talk etc, thats the point I was making, the survey results may have differed if the majority of those surveyed were extroverts

Tony1975
11-03-2010, 08:44 PM
A Big Five test available here (http://www.outofservice.com/bigfive/)

I'm exceptionally dul:(
http://www.outofservice.com/bigfive/results/?oR=0.725&cR=0.556&eR=0.656&aR=0.722&nR=0.25&y=1970&g=m