Feeling out of sorts this morning? Maybe it was that recent trip you took to Machu Picchu.
Sure, it was fun at the time—amazing, really. But it’s not like you could truly share the experience of high-altitude awe with your friends and colleagues. As they compared amusing stories about bad camping trips, you began feeling not so much special and privileged as … left out.
If that story describes you, congratulations: You’ve just discovered the surprising downside of engaging in a rare and wonderful adventure.
“Extraordinary experiences have two consequences, one of which may be more obvious than the other,” a research team led by Harvard University psychologist Gus Cooney writes in a study just published in the journal Psychological Science.
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