If you constantly worry about everything, even the things you can’t control, it may interest you to know that hypnosis can help you overcome excessive worrying. However, before we talk about that, I wanted to share some recent research that shows a link between worrying and high intelligence. Don’t get me wrong, excessive worrying can lead to all sorts of mental health challenges, but some worrying is healthy and understandable.
Psychiatrist Jeremy Copland published a study in Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience that showed an evolutionary link between intelligence and worrying, so long as the worrying did not become crippling. The study involved 26 patients with disabling anxiety disorder and 16 healthy volunteers, and it was conducted by seven scientists over five institutions. Among the patients with anxiety disorder, the study found those with a higher intelligence worried more than those with a lower intelligence.
Copland was interested in the study because intelligence was an evolutionary step that allowed our adaptation to a changing environment. We believe anxiety to be a maladaptive trait, which should inhibit intelligence; however, Copland and his team of researchers show that worrying allows for creative problem solving, and can be healthy so long as it does not interfere with recreational activities, job performance, or family functions. Managing your stress and anxiety is a great way to avoid over-analyzing everything in your life, though.
One of the tools you can use to help you manage your worry is hypnosis. It allows you to relax and focus on the present moment, which brings a sense of clarity and peace. This also helps lower your blood pressure, and can help reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke when practiced over prolonged periods of time. Engaging in regular self-hypnosis allows you to retrain your subconscious to focus on more positive thoughts, and can help reduce your anxiety and tendency to worry about things you can’t control.
Worrying may be linked to intelligence, but over-analyzing every detail of your life leads to a crippling anxiety disorder, and that does not help you get ahead in life. If you find yourself stuck in a pattern of over-analyzing, hypnosis is a good option to consider.
Note: If your anxiety interferes with your daily life, it is important to seek the advice of a medical professional. Hypnosis should complement any required medical treatments, and it is not intended to replace them.
About the Author: Dr. Steve G. JONES, Ed.D. is one of Your Monthly Mentors, a board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist who has been practicing hypnotherapy since the 1980’s. He is the author of 25 books on such topics as hypnosis, the law of attraction and weight loss. Dr. Steve has also created over 9,000 hypnosis audio recordings and 22 different online certification programs, which are sold in over 140 countries. Dr. Steve G. Jones works extensively with Hollywood actors, writers, directors, and producers, helping them achieve their very best. He has been featured on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker as both a hypnotherapist and a millionaire and has been interviewed on CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS. Learn More…