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Yes, worry and be happy...

Reem Antoon
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Do you think a bit too much? Do your thoughts tend to swirl around your head so much so that you get anxious?

Are you one of those people who worries about almost everything, or every decision that comes your way?

OK, before you worry about what I am about to say… just relax … do not worry!

Apparently excessive worry is not exactly a bad thing!

As a matter of fact new studies suggest that in some cases, it could mean you have a high IQ.

“Although we tend to view anxiety as not being good for us, it is linked with intelligence – a highly adaptive trait,” says Dr Jeremy Coplan, a researcher and professor of psychiatry at State University of New York Downstate Medical Centre.

“High levels of anxiety can be disabling and patients’ worries are often irrational.”

Cheerful, happy-go-lucky people by definition do not brood about problems, it seems and so must be at a disadvantage when problem-solving compared to a more neurotic person.

Dr Adam Perkins, an expert in neurobiology of personality at King’s College in London says for specific neural reasons, high scorers on neuroticism have a highly active imagination, which acts as a built-in threat generator.

Neuroticism is a dimension of personality that captures trait individual differences in the tendency to experience negative thoughts and feelings.

Experts say neuroticism stems from trait individual differences in activity in brain circuits that govern the nature of self-generated thought (SGT).

“We have a useful sanity check for our theory because it is easy to observe that many geniuses seem to have a brooding, unhappy tendency that hints they are fairly high on the neuroticism spectrum,” says Dr Coplan.

Perhaps this is true. I mean look at Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Vincent Van Gogh, Kurt Cobain!

I need to let my girls know then that when they are over anxious and worried those feelings may actually be the key to the survival of humanity!

Wait though I don’t want them to stress about that…so I will just keep those findings to myself and wait for my geniuses to conquer the world in their own way!

Reem Antoon is a former GDN news editor. She can be reached on: