Moody neurotics are more likely to be creative geniuses, study says

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   Ponedjeljak, 31 Kolovoz 2015 19:30

Neuroticism is one of the “big five” personality traits recognised by psychologists, along with openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, and agreeableness. It is characterised by negative emotions such as anxiety, fear, worry, frustration, envy and loneliness. Support for the idea that neuroticism is associated with creativity has come from brain scan studies highlighting neural circuits that regulate self-generated thought. A “panic button” in the amygdala, a key emotional centre in the brain, is believed to trigger an inappropriate fear response after perceived threats are conjured up in the brain’s medial prefrontal cortex. “High scorers on neuroticism have a highly active imagination, which acts as a built-in threat generator,” said Dr Perkins.

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