Have you ever noticed how much smarter people who overthink things tend to be? Sure they might be a bit more nervous, but they also really make sure every step they take is the right one to be taking.
I recently came across a study from not too long ago that was titled “Thinking too much: Self-generated thought as the engine of neuroticism” and it really got the gears within my mind turning. It suggests that worrying excessively or being overly anxious is not as bad of a thing as we make it out to be.
Apparently being a bit of a worrier shows that you have a higher IQ than most other people. Now, this really got me diving within the world of science and really looking into other studies as well. Another study on the subject I came across was published back in 2012 and carried out by SUNY Downstate Medical Center. It went over how excessive worrying might have actually co-evolved with intelligence. I know, that sounds a bit crazy but it really makes sense when broken down.
The summary of this study goes as follows:
Worrying may have evolved along with intelligence as a beneficial trait, according to scientists who found that high intelligence and worry both correlate with brain activity measured by the depletion of the nutrient choline in the subcortical white matter of the brain. According to the researchers, this suggests that intelligence may have co-evolved with worry in humans.
You see, people who overthink or worry too much are looking out for themselves. They are much smarter than the average Joe in many ways. No, being someone with severe anxiety is not easy and doesn’t feel good, but it comes from a highly adaptive trait. For more information on this please feel free to check out the video below.
There are good and bad things about every trait or characteristic we might have. Being anxious has its positive sides and perhaps we should look at them a bit more. What do you think about this?