Canadian researchers have revealed that people who worry much, score high on verbal intelligence tests.
People who constantly worry about stuff perhaps long for a more carefree and relaxed existence, but now they can seek solace in science:
A team of researchers in Canada argue that this trait can be a sign of high intelligence, writes Daily Mail.
Researchers at the University of Lakehead in Ontario, have tested 125 students degree of depression and shyness. Then they tested the students verbal intelligence, by examining students' vocabulary, ability to categorize words and their understanding of proverbs.
The students also filled in a questionnaire about concerns. There were claims like "I am always worrying about something" and "I have been a worrier all my life," and the students answered to what extent they agreed with the statements.
The students who ticked off that they worried a lot, scored higher on the test of verbal intelligence. This was particularly true when their concerns over the actual experiment itself were taken into consideration.
The researchers point to history to explain the result: Taking the time to anticipate and plan for potential worrisome threats may have helped our ancestors to survive.
- From an evolutionary perspective, there are fewer costs associated with worrying about threatening events that do not occur, than not being able to anticipate, plan for and prevent incidents that do, the researchers wrote in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.
The downside is that worrisome people fail to relax. The experiment also found ties between high verbal intelligence and depression.
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