Attitude

Why Neurotic People Should Stop Worrying And Just Do It

imagesWant to know the secrets of highly ineffective people? Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania think the have found at least one: neurotic people don’t like action as much as non-neurotic people. A U Penn news release reports that when researchers surveyed nearly 4,000 college students in 19 countries, asking them if action is positive, favorable, good, they learned that the more neurotic (as defined by suffering from sadness, anxiety, irritability, and self-consciousness) a person was, the less likely he or she was to think about action in a positive way. Thank you doctor. But what can neurotic people do about it?  Here is what the authors of the study have to say: “People who are interested in reducing the harmful consequences of neuroticism in their own lives should think about how their attitudes toward action might be affecting their behavior. By learning to value action, they may be able to change many of the negative behaviors associated with neuroticism and anxiety – such as freezing when they should act, or withdrawing from stress instead of dealing proactively with it. Specifically, increasing exposure to action may be sufficient to combat tendencies to avoid proactive behavior.” In other words, “Stop worrying and just do it.”

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