Anxiety and Intelligence

In the above video, research is discussed that has indicated a correlation between intelligence and anxiety symptoms in subjects. Scientists have theorized that this may occur due to higher synaptic activation, evolutionary benefits in being able to foresee and plan for negative events, or more intelligence leading to a greater ability to predict (sometimes inaccurately) potential problems and a tendency to ruminate over past ones.

While anxiety might point to greater intelligence, that may not be all that comforting to those in the grips of anxious symptoms. Sometimes, though, knowledge can provide the power to overcome those symptoms. More specifically, the self-awareness provided by rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT) can positively impact those dealing with anxiety in a pretty huge way. 

In our practice, we use REBT to help you think more about your thoughts. If that sounds odd, that's because our brains have a tendency not to be as effective as that. Often, we get ourselves in a rut by not questioning our beliefs, since that's just what happens naturally. When you learn to use REBT productively, you start to question your beliefs and get a clearer view of how your thoughts can be changed to help you stop making yourself miserable. This can work especially well for anxiety, which usually revolves around thoughts and emotions that just can't seem to leave, building up anxious feelings to a boiling point.

If you'd like help in dealing with your anxiety from an evidence-based perspective, please schedule a therapy session with us today. Making the first step to getting better is often hardest, but it's well worth it in the end.


Kristina is a therapist in New York offering individual, couples, and family counseling on a wide variety of issues, including anxiety.

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