New Study Shows Resilience Is Not a Fixed Personality Trait, but Changes Over Time

The Higher Your Anxiety, The Higher Your IQ (Says Study)

If you’re like me, you think a little too much. Your thoughts and ideas swirl around so much in your mind that it can be hard to get much done, and it results in anxiety. Relax.

“Although we tend to view anxiety as not being good for us, it is linked with intelligence — a highly adaptive trait.”

Dr. Jeremy Coplan

According to a study reported in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, excessive worry isn’t always a bad thing. In some cases, it could mean you have a high IQ.

For those who experience anxiety, some bells of recognition might be ringing right now.

“It occurred to me that if you happen to have a preponderance of negatively hued self-generated thoughts … and you also have a tendency to switch to panic sooner than average people … that means you can experience intense negative emotions, even when there’s no threat present,” said Dr. Adam Perkins, an expert in neurobiology of personality at King’s College in London.

“This could mean that for specific neural reasons, high scorers on neuroticism have a highly active imagination, which acts as a built-in threat generator,” Perkins continued.

“Cheerful, happy-go-lucky people by definition do not brood about problems and must be at a disadvantage when problem-solving, compared to a more neurotic person,” he continued…

New Study Shows Resilience Is Not a Fixed Personality Trait, but Changes Over Time

A new study has found that resilience, people’s fabled capacity to be strong, is not a static personality trait. It is instead a dynamic process that fluctuates based on a variety of factors — ranging from an individual’s stress levels, to how emotionally stable they are.

The results suggest a person’s emotional exhaustion increased with the time they spent in an organization, while commitment decreased — impacting their resilience adversely.

To be resilient might mean different things to different people. But a broader understanding associates it with the “mental reservoir of strength” that helps us adapt to hardships, and cope with setbacks in life. In personal or professional settings, resilience is sometimes seen as an inherent character trait — something that works as a static component of one’s personality.

But the new findings expand upon the variation in resilience one might experience. “At the heart of the [present] study is the idea that resilience fluctuates, because it encompasses the way that an individual responds to a variety of circumstances over time,” a report in ScienceDaily stated. The more nuanced understanding of resilience has a bearing on how we assess people’s — or even our own — ability to deal with adversities…

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