Are You A Worrier? It Could Actually Be A Good Thing

Neuroticism Linked Creative Genius

Don't worry about your worrying, worriers. 

A recent theory argues that constant worrying can actually lead to higher creativity. The theory, published in Trends In Cognitive Sciences, argues that worriers channel their neuroticism into creativity and problem solving. 

Psychologists argue that the part of the brain responsible for self-generation thought is highly active in neuroticism, which yields both positives, like creativity, and negatives, like misery. 

The paper's leader author, Adam Perkins, argues that those with high levels of neuroticism have a "preponderance of negatively hued self-generated thoughts." 

"This could mean that for specific neural reasons, high scorers on neurotisicm have a highly active imagination, which acts as a built-in threat generator," he said. 

In other words, people who worry tend to have active imaginations, which help them invent pretty fantastic reasons why they should be worried, even when no threat is actually present.

"We're still a long way from fully explaining neuroticism, and we're not offering all of the answers, but we hope that our new theory will help people make sense of their own experiences and show that although being highly neurotic is by definition unpleasant, it also has creative benefits," Perkins said. 

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