Report: Smart People Worry More


“Personality and Individual Differences,” a trade journal of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID), publishes articles (experimental, theoretical, review) that explore the human personality. One of its newest studies argues that worrying is a sign of superior intelligence. Alexander Penney of Ontario’s Lakehead University conducted a research test that involved giving over 100 students intelligence-measuring surveys that also measured how likely they were to worry in different situations and in general. The results showed that there could be a link between the two.

For example: test subjects who admitted to worrying continually about events in the past, scored lower on non-verbal intelligence exercises.

The researchers were comfortable with concluding that verbally-intelligent individuals are able to better consider past and future events that affect or will affect them, leading to more worry. In layman’s terms: people with higher verbal intelligence are plagued by their superior memories. Ignorance or forgetfulness could very well be “bliss.”