Unsociability is a characteristic that refers to individual differences in the non-fearful preference for solitude. There is continued debate pertaining to the potential costs and benefits of solitude for our well-being. In this essay, we consider various approaches to the conceptualization and measurement of unsociability, and explore its implications for socio-emotional functioning. Further, we propose a somewhat speculative theoretical model of developmental timing effects for unsociability, which postulates non-linear variations in the implications of a heightened preference for solitude from early childhood to emerging adulthood. After considering the existing empirical support for this model, we outline remaining topics of concerns and suggest the most pressing directions for future research.

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Keywords Developmental timing, Preference for solitude, Social withdrawal, Solitude, Unsociability
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.newideapsych.2018.01.001
Journal New Ideas in Psychology
Coplan, R, Ooi, L.L. (Laura L.), & Baldwin, D. (Danielle). (2018). Does it matter when we want to Be alone? Exploring developmental timing effects in the implications of unsociability. New Ideas in Psychology. doi:10.1016/j.newideapsych.2018.01.001