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Humans are social creatures, but that doesn’t mean everything we do needs to go with the group. Research suggests shyness can have its own benefits for creativity and productivity at work and home. Feeling like taking some alone time? Don’t feel guilty about taking some time alone to recharge and get a new outlook on the world (especially useful for the social butterflies among us).

The Takeaway: Shyness can have its own benefits in moderation, so don’t be afraid to take some occasional alone time.

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