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    Anxiety Linked to High IQ

    Excessive worry might not be such a bad thing after all — a new small study suggests that such anxiety may have evolved in people along with intelligence.

    The results show, among people diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, high IQ scores were associated with high levels of worry.

    In addition, those with anxiety disorder tended to have higher IQ scores than healthy people, as well as higher levels of activity in regions of the brain that aid in communication between parts of the brain. These regions are thought to have contributed to the evolutionary success of humans, the researchers say.

    Although we tend to view anxiety as not being good for us, it is linked with intelligence — a highly adaptive trait, said Dr. Jeremy Coplan, study researcher and professor of psychiatry at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.

    High levels of anxiety can be disabling, and patients' worries are often irrational, Coplan said. But "every so often there's a wild-card danger. Then, that excessive worry becomes highly adaptive," Coplan said.

    "People who act on the signals of that wild-card danger are likely to preserve their lives and the lives of their offspring," Coplan said.

    Because the study was small, more research is needed to confirm the findings.

    Anxiety and intelligence

    In the study, 26 patients with anxiety disorder and 18 healthy people completed an IQ test, along with a questionnaire to assess their level of worry.

    Among the participants with anxiety disorders, the higher their worry level, the greater their IQ score was.

    Interestingly, the opposite was seen in healthy patients: those with high IQ scores tended to have low levels of worry, and those with low IQ scores tended to have high levels of worry — a finding that agrees with earlier research.

    Not enough worry

    Too little worry can be problematic for individuals and society, Coplan said. Some people are "incapable of seeing any danger, even when danger is imminent, he said.

    "If these folks are in positions as leaders, they are going to indicate to the general populace that there's no need to worry," Coplan said. In some situations, like the recent real estate bubble, that lack of worry can have societal consequences, he said.

    The study was published Feb. 1 in the journal Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience.

    Pass it on: In some situations, excessive worrying is advantageous, and the trait may have co-evolved with intelligence.
    Source http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/245...d-high-iq.html

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    Sometimes I wish I was unintelligent, everything would've been so much easier then. I wouldn't be smart enough to understand what's going on in the world today, I wouldn't be intelligent enough to realise we're at war and have been for a very long time. I wouldn't have to worry, I wouldn't have to feel depressed about our situation, I wouldn't have to care. Because I wouldn't know any better.

    But in the end, I'm glad I do. I'm glad I know all these things, I'm glad I have a chance to play my part trying to give my people a good future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ylva View Post
    Sometimes I wish I was unintelligent, everything would've been so much easier then. I wouldn't be smart enough to understand what's going on in the world today, I wouldn't be intelligent enough to realise we're at war and have been for a very long time. I wouldn't have to worry, I wouldn't have to feel depressed about our situation, I wouldn't have to care. Because I wouldn't know any better.

    But in the end, I'm glad I do. I'm glad I know all these things, I'm glad I have a chance to play my part trying to give my people a good future.
    "To each his sufferings: all are men,

    Condemned alike to groan;

    The tender for another's pain,

    The unfeeling for his own.

    Yet ah! why should they know their fate?

    Since sorrow never comes too late,

    And happiness too swiftly flies.

    Thought would destroy their paradise.

    No more; where ignorance is bliss,

    'Tis folly to be wise
    " -Thomas Gray.

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    I can say on an anecdote that this is 100% true of me and many other people, yet not enough. I've had anxiety all my life, and in school, was always labeled 'gifted' or 'highly gifted'. Anyone who actually follows what's going on in the world from a serious perspective is bound to get pretty stressed out, but most people would sacrifice reality for comfort and a false sense of happiness, rather than to actually realize that there is something greater than themselves out there. Above all, the reason why anxiety is linked to high IQ is a consequence of our consumerist, me-me-me society.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ylva View Post
    Sometimes I wish I was unintelligent, everything would've been so much easier then. I wouldn't be smart enough to understand what's going on in the world today, I wouldn't be intelligent enough to realise we're at war and have been for a very long time. I wouldn't have to worry, I wouldn't have to feel depressed about our situation, I wouldn't have to care. Because I wouldn't know any better.

    But in the end, I'm glad I do. I'm glad I know all these things, I'm glad I have a chance to play my part trying to give my people a good future.
    I agree. My friend has a brother with downs syndrome, and he is one of the happiest persons i know. In my darkest hours i almost wish i was born like that, just to get rid of my anxiety.

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