How being a worrywart helps at work
The Wall Street Journal - 03/31/2015
A major benefit of a downbeat mood is greater awareness of others’ moods and reactions. In a 2011 study led by researchers at Northeastern University in Boston, 50 people looked through binoculars at two images, with one eye seeing an image of an ordinary house and the other seeing a human face with a smiling, scowling or neutral expression. The experiment forces the brain to select one image as dominant. Participants in a negative mood focused longer on the faces, especially when the face was scowling.
That kind of awareness can fuel career success, according to an international study of 118,519 people published in 2007 in Perspectives on Psychological Science.