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 arecent 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.”