Do you often find yourself overthinking things? Do your ideas and thoughts swirl around so much that it may get hard to get things done? Suddenly, you realize that it all leads to anxiety.
Well, it turns out that this can be a good thing. Yes, you have read right, it can be a good thing. Based on one study, excessive worry is not a bad thing. As a matter of fact, it said that it could be a sign of high IQ.
Read the quote below, and maybe you can relate.
“It occurred to me that if you happen to have a preponderance of negatively hued self-generated thoughts, due to high levels of spontaneous activity in the parts of the medial prefrontal cortex that govern conscious perception of threat and you also have a tendency to switch to panic sooner than average people, due to possessing especially high reactivity in the basolateral nuclei of the amygdala, then that means you can experience intense negative emotions even when there’s no threat present.”
Dr. Adam Perkins, who is an expert in the neurobiology of personality at the King’s College located in London talks on this topic.
According to him, this might mean that for some particular neural reasons, high scorers on the neuroticism come with high active imagination. That serves as a built-in threat generator.
He also adds that happy-go-lucky, cheerful individuals by definition don’t brood about issues and so they must be at a disadvantage when issue-solving than to a more neurotic individual.
You can easily conclude that many people who are considered to be geniuses seem to have an unhappy, brooding tendency which hints that these people are high when it comes to the neuroticism spectrum.
For instance, you can think of all the life stories of Kurt Cobain, Isaac Newton, Vincent Van Gogh, Charles Darwin and so on.
One more person talks on this topic. He is a professor of psychiatry at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. His name is Dr. Jeremy Coplan.
Dr.Coplan says that although people tend to see anxiety as not being good, it is connected with intelligence which is a highly adaptive characteristic.
Anxiety and its high levels may be disabling, and the worries of most patients are often irrational. However, that there is a wild-card danger. Then, excessive worry becomes highly adaptive.
Also, Dr. Jeremy Coplan notes that those individuals who act on the signals of the wild-card danger are actually more likely to preserve their lives and also the lives of their offspring.
So that is the conclusion, that those feelings of anxiety might be the key to the survival of humanity. But this should not stress you out or anything.