Imagination vs. Sociability?

June 13, 2007

Could there be a relationship between the quality of a person’s imagination and their need for social interaction? If one has an active and rich imagination would that reduce their need for social interaction and encourage them to stay alone to engage their imagination? Or might having a rich and active imagination require more time alone in order not to be distracted? Do those less fortunate types who have less imagination need more social interaction for stimulation? Thus does Scott Adams at dilbertblog speculate- and generate a good number of responses.

I think that external stimulation, social or tv for example, can be a great distractor and reduce the quality and amount of imagination for me. However, it may depend on how you engage with those activities. External experiences like social interaction and even tv can also serve as a stimulant or a catalyst, helping me to give rise to new ideas or syntheses. It may depend on what one brings to the experience in terms of expectations or habits.

What do you think?  Give us a response or take a look at dilbertblog and respond there and then come back and let us know what you think.

One Response to “Imagination vs. Sociability?”

  1. Sandy Says:

    I read but never respond to these postings, so thought I’d change that. I agree that sometimes social interaction can be a distraction – sometimes I use it that way intentionally! But I also know that some social connections cultivate my imagination and stimulate me energetically in very positive ways. TV – on the other hand, seldom provides this for me…it’s pretty much always a distraction.


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