Studies show anxious people have increased an increased sense of empathy

The state of having anxiety is often looked at as a disorder in the medical field. However, what if people suffering from anxiety are simply more connected to the suffering that exists in themselves and the world?

A study from a few years ago reached this very conclusion. People who reported suffering from anxiety had an increased ability to feel and interpret emotions of those around them:

“Results support the hypothesis that high socially anxious individuals may demonstrate a unique social-cognitive abilities profile with elevated cognitive empathy tendencies and high accuracy in affective mental state attributions.”