4 Powers That May Be Hiding Behind Anxiety Disorders

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Anxiety disorders are commonly associated with being a purely negative thing.

It’s no surprise, since anxiety, especially in its severe forms, can make one’s life difficult. Whatever type of anxiety disorder you may be suffering from, it’s for sure that it causes you troubles, making you unable to handle the challenges of everyday life and preventing you from enjoying some simple things that are natural to most people.

However, what if I told you that your anxiety may actually be hiding some remarkable powers? Here are some of those, based on recent scientific studies and not only.

1. Life-saving instinct

It has been long recognized that anxiety has evolutionary roots and, just like fear, originated as a means to protect our ancestors from a premature death. This was a great mechanism of survival when humans had to face constant physical threats, such as wild animals trying to eat them.

However, today, when we no longer have to deal with such situations in our daily lives, anxiety has basically become a response to non-existing dangers.

But what if this response can actually be useful and even vital in certain cases? French scientists have found that anxious people possess a unique life-saving sixth sense. According to the results of the related study, some regions of the anxious brain have the ability to detect threats just in 200 milliseconds! These fast and automatic reactions can, in fact, make the difference between life and death in extreme situations.

2. High intelligence

A recent study on verbal intelligence found that people who reported suffering from social anxiety performed better in verbal-linguistic testing than those who didn’t.

Another study conducted at the SUNY Downstate Medical Centre in NYC found that participants suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) scored higher in an IQ test than those who didn’t have a history of anxiety.

Anxious people are analyzing and overthinking their surroundings all the time, which means their brains are constantly processing information. With these continuous thinking processes that take place in their heads, it makes sense why people who suffer from anxiety disorders have higher IQ levels.

3. Empathetic ability

According to research by Israeli scientists, socially anxious people exhibited prominent empathetic abilities, i.e. they had higher psychosocial awareness than their non-anxious counterparts. Simply put, people with anxiety have a better capacity to understand and feel what others are going through.

Thus, individuals who suffer from social anxiety may possess an innate empathetic ability. What if this is the reason why these people feel the way they do around others?

What if they are just too sensitive to other people’s emotions, which is overwhelming and results in those disturbing symptoms? No surprise that socially anxious people feel more comfortable avoiding human interaction.

4. Sensitivity to other people’s energy

Similarly to the empathetic ability, people with social anxiety may be experiencing those uncomfortable symptoms because they can sense the energy of those around them. Of course, this idea is less scientific than the previous ones and is not based on any studies, but it’s still a possibility.

Based on my personal experience, I have noticed that some people provoke intense social anxiety symptoms in me while others don’t. And most of the times, I can’t find any rational explanation for this – for no plausible reason, it just feels awkward and uncomfortable when someone is around. What if I’m able to sense their energy and get the emotional state associated with anxiety as a response to low-frequency vibes?

As you see, it turns out that anxiety disorders also have a bright side. Nothing is absolute in this world, and perhaps, we label anxiety with being a mental disorder because we still know too little about the human brain and the existence in general.

In reality, anxious individuals might simply be too sensitive to the things most people are unaware of.

Do you agree that anxiety disorders are more complex than it seems? What are your thoughts on this? Please share them in the comment section below.


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By |2018-09-15T23:03:29+00:00May 27th, 2016|Categories: Psychology & Mental Health, Spirituality, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , |29 Comments

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  1. Jami underhill December 23, 2016 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Anxiety is a bitch. I used to suffer from depression as well and I’d rather have that back. I can always feel peoples moods sometimes I have to leave the room due to a certain persons mood. Constantly worrying about shit that will never happen. I’m a new father and I had a panic attack because I was worried about being a good father. Anxiety is terrible. People don’t understand our thought process. I’ve tried to explain it to my gf. She just doesn’t understand. I’m a chronic worrier. How do you change your thoughts after a life time or worrying?

    • charlotte June 8, 2018 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      hi i know this is super late but you sound like you may be a ‘highly sensitive person.’ look up the term and see if that fits with you… If so there are ways to deal with it.
      Also know that you can’t change your thoughts and trying to change them/manage them or control them will only drive you a little crazy… i’ve tried haha

  2. Natalie Reza Delacruz May 22, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

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  3. Clyde FireLaiits Pohory May 22, 2017 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    I can read other peoples minds..

  4. Luke Attisani May 23, 2017 at 1:23 am - Reply

    All true Never underestimate a person with anxieties opinion on someone it will be your worst mistake

  5. priya May 23, 2017 at 6:36 am - Reply

    I have such a problem but because I see the things everything positively due to my understanding the anxiety does not dominate me. Sometimes I cannot speak or some words does not out of my mouth or when situation comes where someone argue at me I cannot give a clear reply to them or just stand in silent mode . I feel like I am dumb and stupid around the people . Please help

  6. Connie January 16, 2018 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Anxiety is more serious than you talk about it.If you think it’s not then you’ve never had one. There are times you feel like you are drying and will be very scared. Other times you feel like you head is separated from the rest of your body and you can move ,or walk. It’s not a joke. I don’t think you know what you are talking about. It has taken medication for years to get me better.

  7. Latonya May 21, 2018 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    This is an amazing read. My anxiety is so serious that the things I fear the most always happen. I can sense it and feel bad things happening and it never fails that eventually it happens, kind of like the law of attraction. I feel high anxiety around certain people and calm around others. The people I have felt anxious ans stressed around in the past have all turned out to hurt me in some way. I know I should a avoid bad energy but I feel these are people who I end up loving the most because I see a hurt inside of them and I feel bad walking away. I hate living with anxiety. I feel like I can sense future events and they are always only the bad ones that I can sense. I can never sense anything good happening.

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