New Research Says Anxiety Could Actually Be A Life Saving Sixth Sense
This is why a calm person recognizes the threat of another person based on how their face looks. If they're angry or threatening looking, they get a strong sense about them.
"In a crowd, you will be more sensitive to an angry face looking toward you but less alert to an angry person looking somewhere else," says Marwa El Zein of the French Institute of Medical Research.
"In contrast to our previous work, our findings demonstrates that the brain devotes more processing resources to negative emotions that signal threat, rather than any display of emotions."
So far, 1800 trials have been carried out with the intent to measure the reaction of different emotions. One of the more interesting findings from the trials revealed that in fact non-clinical anxiety did not impair the brain's ability to recognize threats, but heightened the ability.
So as a result, anxiety can be seen as a type of sixth sense that helps us detect danger.