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New Research Says Overthinking Worriers Are Probably Creative Geniuses

I think we all know someone who you'd call a worrier or an overthinker. It seems like they take forever to figure out what they need to do.

They might frustrate us, but according to a recent study, people with these traits often have them because they're incredibly developed, creative people.

Just because they spend a lot of time making decisions and obsessing over small details doesn't mean they aren't extremely interesting and capable people.

Researchers at King's College in London made the connection between anxiety and a stronger imagination as well.

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According to Dr. Adam Perkins, an expert in Neurobiology of Personality:

"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 amygdale, then that means you can experience intense negative emotions even when there's no threat present. This could mean that for specific neural reasons, high scorers on neuroticism have a highly active imagination, which acts as a built-in threat generator."

"In a sense, worry is the mother of invention. When you think about it, it makes sense. Many of our greatest breakthroughs through the years were a result of worry. Nuclear power? Worry over energy. Advanced weapons? Worry of invasion. Medical breakthroughs? Worry over illness and death."

Vivid imaginations have helped humanity best nature. Again, Dr. Perkins says:

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

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.

For example, think of the life stories of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Vincent Van Gogh, Kurt Cobain, etc. Perhaps the link between creativity and neuroticism was summed up most succinctly of all by John Lennon when he said: 'Genius is pain."

So the next time you look down on someone for worrying, just remember they're probably a freaking genius.

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Relationships

When a strong woman says goodbye, there is no turning back

A strong woman "loves, forgives, walks away, lets go, and perseveres," a popular saying goes.

To be clear, a breakup is a traumatic experience no matter who you are; an in-charge, "alpha female," however, handles a failed relationship a bit differently than the ordinary woman. Here's how.

Let's start with the "moment of truth." You decide the relationship isn't working and you break up with her. Alternatively, she realizes you aren't a good match and elects to end things with you.

Would you expect her to feel shock? Do you think she will experience the deluge of complicated emotions that come with heartbreak?

You'd be correct in answering "yes," but here's the thing — for a strong woman, those feelings only last a short while.

The relationship you had, though it may have been special at one point in time, is still just one relationship. She won't let any singular event define who she is or dictate how she should feel.

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In truth, she'll quickly come to accept your breakup with poise and grace, then set down the path of recovery without looking back. Will there be setbacks along the way?

Certainly, there will be. She may glance at an old picture, relieve some heartfelt memories, and long for things to have gone differently. She'll never beg you to stay, however, and she'll implore you to do the same.

She knows that no single person is her sole source of inspiration, fulfillment, or joy. She derives these things from life itself, so instead of focusing on what you're doing after you're gone, she'll be focusing on herself.

She will steel herself for whatever challenges block the road ahead, but at the same time, she won't let this bit of bad luck change her character.

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She won't become mean. She won't be bitter. She will emerge from this trying time a better human in all respects — savvier, wiser, and more compassionate.

Make no mistake, while she'll have stopped loving you (and there's no changing that) her ability to love has not diminished, it has grown, along with her. That's the way a strong woman walks away — for good, and always feeling better for it.

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