“Why worry? If you’ve done the
very best you can, worry won’t make it any better”
Intelligence in humans is a sign of evolution and new research suggests that worry, another human trait, may have co-evolved with our brain. A worried person is naturally highly intelligent. People who worry can be incredibly good researchers, critical thinkers, and analysers.
In the words of Charles Saatchi in his article ‘do brainy people worry more?’ he said, “the problem with being brightly intelligent, and having a vivid imagination, is that you worry twice as much. You fret with anxiety about bad things that you sense could happen, before they actually take place”.
Anxiety is a grown-up word for feeling worried or nervous. If a person is anxious, he may feel as if something bad is going to happen. Everyone has anxiety from time to time. In many cases anxiety is good for you. In the very least, if you don’t worry about being hit by a car, you might not look both ways when crossing the road. If you don’t worry about your career growth you might not achieve meaningful success.
Worriers can be kept awake at night replaying the day, or imagining all the possible worst case scenarios in their lives. This behaviour could be a sign of intelligence. This much was the underlining message in Charles Saatchi’s article by arguing, “86per cent of us described ourselves as worriers, we are concerned about issues such as money, relationship, work, getting old, future financial status, unpaid debts and lots more”.
Using the latest research as a platform to hinged his opinion, Charles stated, “it seems that the group least happy, with the lowest levels of life satisfaction and the highest levels of worry, are the middle-aged. Thankfully, the study also shows that life gets better once you make it through those years. For people that reach 60, the trend begins to reverse, with 65-79s reporting the highest levels of personal well-being, even those aged 40-59”.
Only I want to disagree on this finding, life only gets better for those action-oriented middle-aged in their 60s, as it is the contrary for people who worried but took no actions to repel their source of worry.
Worry is a sign that you are brainy, worries sets your brain to work. What people call worry is not worry it is actually zeal and motivation to solve problems; you cannot be worried and be lazy. Worries make you brainy.
The brainy had a heightened level of sentinel intelligence. People who worries sense threat faster than their calm counterparts i.e smoke, heat, this means they are able to detect threats and deliver warning messages quicker and without delay to others.
Worries evolve in humans along with intelligence to make them completely versed at avoiding danger. They more than others often think of solutions before the positive ones do. Worriers tend to snap to attention when situation calls for thought, planning and action. Being worried about everything makes them constantly think of ways to resolve issues which mean their brains are never ending when it comes to thinking.
A worried mind is a searching mind, our capacity to worry evolved alongside our ability to think. So it’s natural for us to worry, even about some things we can do nothing about. We do have real issues in our lives, and it’s natural for us to worry about the possible outcome. Lying awake at night and fretting about the future, scheming on how to make life better.
Worries have its virtues; it makes you more proactive and prepared for the worst. No wonder why your boss gets on your case when they spot errors and they flag it up. It is to make the employee worry, because the more worried an employee feels about getting fired, the more attention he puts into the work. Therefore, it is not out of place to say a worried employee would be intelligent.
People worry about many things, health, job, kids, and finance among other things. Worry is always about the future; never about the present. Being worried makes you more likely to form plans to protect and safeguard the future.
There’s also the rather scientific-sounding explanation of white matter. People who worry have more white matter – which also facilitates the connections in their brain, making them sharper and quicker witted.
As a way of concluding, Charles reiterated the ancient maxim which in a way is agreeable. “The old adage that ignorance is bliss conversely implies that higher intelligence increases levels of distress and uneasiness. This view has been given some scientific backing; researchers found that students who expressed more worry than their peers also scored higher on IQ tests. A worried mind searches, seeking to examine multiple angles of a problem. It is certainly the case that lying awake in bed at night unleashes your inner worrier, leaving you more overwhelming negatively.”
So next time someone tells you to relax, explain that nervousness has its virtues.