The internal dialogue of an overthinker is often loaded with uncertainty and self-doubt. However, it’s certainly not all bad news.
The constant chatter in a neurotic person’s mind can likewise yield some pretty positive traits. Psychologists are giving credence to the possibility that there are few advantages to being a “Nervous Nellie.”
Whether it’s brain improvement or even a small boost in your physical wellbeing.
Obviously, overthinking to the point of extreme anxiety isn’t perfect. The individuals who identify with the trait are often worried, ruminate on an issue and analyze things more than the normal individual. That type of behavior can cause big stress which can lead to health issues, such as high blood pressure and digestive problems.
It is very important to get it under your control. It could be through therapy or other lifestyle changes. So, it liberates you up to embrace that overactive brain and harness it for good.
Overthinking is actually beneficial to your life:
1. Overthinkers may be more imaginative
An opinion paper published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences recommends that the part of the brain that houses self-created thoughts (i.e. the part that’s associated with overthinking) may be more overactive in individuals with neurotic problems. This leads to excessive thinking, which then may lead to solutions or new ideas, researchers theorize.
“If neurotic individuals tend to think more about problems due to having a lot of threat-related self-generated thoughts — which explains their tendency to feel unsatisfied and unhappy.
Most likely they will have a better opportunity to create solutions to those problems, compared to low scorers on neuroticism who look on the bright side of life all the time,”
2. Constant rumination could be a sign of intelligence
A penchant for worrying which is a typical habit for overthinkers. That is correlated with more verbal intelligence, according to a paper published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.
Of course it’s important to point out that this does not mean overthinking causes more verbal intelligence, the two could be very well connected. Other research likewise recommends that high-strung or anxious individuals may have a higher IQ than those who have milder anxiety symptoms.
3. Neuroticism could make you healthier
But only if you’re faithful, as well.
Research published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found that a high combination of neuroticism and reliability can lead to lower levels of a protein in the body called interleukin-6.
This protein is tied to inflammation. The study authors also say people with the two characteristics have fewer chronic conditions.
Bottom line: Overthinking to the point of extreme stress won’t benefit you in any way.
But a little bit extra concentration or rumination? You might be onto something.
Just in case you needed a little validation for “thinking too much.”