Don’t Worry! Your Anxiety Just Might be a Sign of High IQ


Do you worry a lot? Do not be afraid about it, because your anxiety can be a high intelligence sign. The proverb: Ignorance is bliss indicates the opposite: Knowledge involves anguish. Now it is beginning to be scientifically valid.

In a new research, Alexander Penney (psychologist) and his coworkers tracked over 100 students from a Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada. They asked them to describe their worry levels.

These researchers discovered that those students with more angst – for example, students who agreed with the statement “I am constantly worrying about something”, got a higher score on a verbal test for intelligence.

The belief that those who worry are smart is proved by an experiment by Psychologists Orgad Tal and Tsachi Ein-Dor in 2012, from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel. During this experiment 80 students were inflicted on identical bursts of stress.

Anxiety a Sign of High IQ

The students who were included in this study were told to evaluate artwork presented by a software program – and this was, of course, a false story. While working on it, they activated a virulent computer virus “by accident”.  (Regardless of the behavior of the participants, this, of course, occurred automatically) Then, the students were urged to seek for technical support immediately.

If you worry habitually, you are, for sure, a “sentinel”, not a neurotic nerves bundle.

While trying to do so, the participant were presented with four challenges more. For example, in the hall somebody asked them to do to a survey and some of the students dropped books on their feet. The higher students score on the anxiety measure, the more bent they were to focus on fixing the computer problem.

“We discovered that nervous persons were difficult to be interrupted on their way to deliver the warning message,” said Tal and Ein-Dor. Anxiety never proved more effective.

Some other study, led by psychiatrist Jeremy Coplan from Suny Downstate Medical Center in New York, included people with anxiety disorder. Jeremy Coplan and his coworkers discovered that those with serious symptoms had a higher intelligence than people with milder symptoms.

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