That’s a great example, thanks for taking the time, Sharon.
I wonder—in the case of Einstein and human contact—if it’s more about one’s fulfillment relative to their needs. So if Einstein felt fulfilled without human contact, that meant his needs were fulfilled and that was that.
Reminds me of John Cacioppo’s work on loneliness. One can be lonely without much human contact, and one can be lonely with plenty of human contact. Loneliness is a mismatch between your needs and your reality.