The Upside of Not Fitting In

Newly published research suggests social exclusion can enhance “the ability to manage others’ emotions.” Throughout human history, the researchers note, ostracization has been personally painful, and sometimes life-threatening. Finding a way back into the safety of one's tribe (or, perhaps, a way to attach yourself to a different social unit) is imperative. The research suggests this desperate need somehow activates our latent ability to display a key component of emotional intelligence. In short, it enhances our ability to make people like us.

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