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Anxiety can be crippling, but sometimes it is a crucial part of getting the best out of yourself.

 

Artists, comedians, athletes and other performers often talk about the right amount of anxiety and how it can improve creativity and performance.

 

But anxiety also has a number of lesser known upsides…

 

1. People will trust you more

 

People who are feeling anxious can easily get embarrassed, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because research shows people are more trusting.

 

Dr. Robb Willer, the study’s author explains:

“Moderate levels of embarrassment are signs of virtue.

Our data suggests embarrassment is a good thing, not something you should fight.

Embarrassment is one emotional signature of a person to whom you can entrust valuable resources.

It’s part of the social glue that fosters trust and cooperation in everyday life.”

 

2. Fewer fatal accidents

 

Anxious people often say they are less likely to be injured because they are thinking ahead, but is that really true?

 

Apparently it is.

 

One study has found that anxious adolescents are considerably less likely to be killed in an accident than their less anxious peers.

 

The authors explain:

“Our results suggest there are survival benefits of increased trait anxiety in early adult life, but these may be balanced by corresponding survival deficits in later life associated with medical problems.”

 

In other words: anxiety may get you down in the long-term but it keeps you alive.

 

Read in Full:

http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/12/the-8-most-unexpected-advantages-of-anxiety.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PsychologyBlog+%28PsyBlog%29



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