Worry Wart? You’re more intelligent, we knew it all along.

Happy March, y’all!

379_2884677A new study was just released by Alexander Penney of Ontario’s Lakehead University and will soon be published in an upcoming edition of the journal Personality and Individual Differences.  This study used 126 students to determine how they handled and processed stress in their lives. After analyzing the results, they found a correlation between stress/worry and a certain type of intelligence.  (I’m feeling smarter already aren’t you?)

Per the article via the Huffington Post, here was the conclusion post study:

It is possible that more verbally intelligent individuals are able to consider past and future events in greater detail, leading to more intense rumination and worry. Individuals with higher non-verbal intelligence may be stronger at processing the non-verbal signals from individuals they interact with in the moment, leading to a decreased need to re-process past social encounters. 

In other words, the verbally intelligent are tormented by their memory for detail, while those better at picking up on non-verbal cues are able to pick up more information in the moment and have less of a need to rehash events in their heads afterwards. It all makes for some interesting research, and a potential upside to being a worrier.

Self admittedly to better understand I had to Google “non verbal intelligence”….here’s a clearer way of understanding it:

  • The ability to recognize visual sequences and remember them; 
  • Understanding the meaning of visual information and recognizing relationships between visual concepts; 
  • Performing visual analogies; and 
  • Recognition of causal relationships in pictured situations.
So, how do you think you would rank? Does being a worry wart somehow feel a little more useful this morning? I think so.





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Heather Bryson

Heather Bryson

Wife. Mom. BFF. Event Planner. Hair/Makeup Artist. Grew up Southern Baptist. Married a Catholic. Now we're non denoms for the most part and our faith is strong. Loved our dogs until our son was born. Now they're just dogs. Obsessed with anything on Bravo and HGTV. Very much a DIY'er. Sale connoisseur. Makeup and beauty junkie. Sarcasm is my love language. I could communicate solely with emoticons and hashtags. The best secret keeper you'll ever meet. Love traveling. Love wine and champagne more. Laughing is great, but making others laugh is even better.