People who are considered to be neurotic tend to worry most of the time and suffer from negative thoughts. However, there might be a good side of these personalities; they are being more creative as well as per a new study finding.
The study asserts that, the self generates thoughts that arise in the brain are highly active in people who display signs of neuroticism. As a result, these people will display creative talents as well as suffer from misery much more. The researchers who worked on this study subjected several people to personality tests through which neuroticism was detected in the subjects. Questions which focused on negative feelings and thoughts of all types, those who struggled with dangerous jobs tend to display psychiatric disorders in their lifespan. This attribute has been proven true by many geniuses. Isaac Newton was a classic case of neurotic personality. He used to brood and worry and would tend to dwell on problems that lay before him as well as the sins that he had committed during his childhood. His creativity was showcased by his profound breakthroughs and ground breaking thoughts that have laid the foundation of modern science.
Jeffrey Gray, a renowned British psychologist offers a popular explanation for neurotic behavior. He explained that, these people are highly sensitive to threats due to which they experience the feelings of negativity and depression. There have been previous studies done where MRI scans of brains of people who suffer from negative thoughts shoed higher levels of activity in the medial prefrontal cortex region of the brain which can perceive a threat.
The causal factors for neuroticism can be explained by the different levels of activity in the brain circuits that control the thoughts that are self generated. The study finding is also corroborated by groups that study the effects of anxiety and fear in the human mind. There is a change of anxiety related activity in the forebrain region to mid brain activity which is panic related as a threat stimulus comes closer.
Those who have similar brain activity tend to experience panic sooner than other people and can experience negative emotions at a high intensity level, even when the threat is not visible or apparent. In most cases, the brain being very creative, the thoughts of an impending threat are generated easily, leading to neurotic behavior. Most neurotics also tend to dwell on a problem longer than other people, which could also explain their greater heights of creativity that they are able to achieve.