How anxiety can kill your social status

IMAGE: A magnified transmission electron microscopy view of the rat nucleus accumbens neurons containing mitochondria in different cellular compartments. view more Credit: Graham Knott (EPFL) Neuroscientists at EPFL identify a brain region that links anxious temperament to low social status. The researchers were able to tweak social hierarchy in animals using a regular vitamin. There are important differences in how individuals approach life. While some people are relaxed and calm, others often see situations as threatening, making them worried and tense. This kind of ‘trait’ anxiety has significant consequences on a person’s social life, undermining their confidence to compete for social standing. In our competitive world, high-anxious individuals have a disadvantage and can feel overlooked and rejected; as a result this can lead to what psychologists call ‘social subordination’. Publishing in…


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