16 Scientific Reasons Why People Who Are Socially Anxious Are Usually Highly Intelligent

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Many people know there’s a neurological correlation between being highly creative and mentally ill, but few seem to realize that the same is true between being socially anxious and highly intelligent. Everybody experiences a degree of social apprehension, and a high IQ is not the sole root of social anxiety as a classifiable clinical disorder, but it’s a huge factor, no matter where on the spectrum you fall. Here, 16 reasons why:

1. People with social anxiety exhibit high levels of sentinel intelligence, which is the ability to detect real threats that are invisible to other people. For example, in the study linked, participants were able to detect the smell of smoke far before others. This means that they are hyper-sensitive to perceived threats, and can feel uneasy or disturbed when they are mental or emotional in nature.

2. Socially anxious people are hyper self-aware. This is generally…

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What to Do When Starting an Internet Business


When you are starting an internet business there is so much that needs to be done.  You need to get all the paperwork in order, you also need to ensure that all of your bills are paid and that all of your materials are in place.  Wait, you are starting an online business, that is TOTALLY different.  There are often much fewer costs with an online business than there is with a physically located business.  Not only is this because a physical business actually requires a lot more, but because you are able to work from almost anywhere. 

However, when you are starting an internet business you must consider where you are going to work.  Some people may want to use their laptop, which is great.  However, are you going to work at home, at the library or in your bedroom?  Think about this, as it may affect how much work you get done and how motivated you become.  Another thing to think about when it comes to your internet business is what type of internet connection that you have.  Believe it or not, there are actually different speed of high speed internet.  While most people do have a medium range high speed internet, you may want to upgrade to an even faster speed when you are working from home.  This could be so that you can help move your data faster or simply to prevent you from getting frustrated.

Now that you have sorted that all out, you now need to think about where you will go for your clients.  There are many people who simply start an internet business and expect their clients to come rolling in.  While in some cases you may be able to get that many clients, it is not all that likely.  Instead, you are much more likely going to have to advertise and ask for clients.  This may cost you some money, but you will make money off of it.  Make sure that you budget this into what you are expecting to spend to start up your own business.

Finally when you start an internet business factor in a little bit of an emergency fund.  This is what I like to call the rainy day money.  Just in case you ever come across a major illness, life emergency or whatever, you can dip into this in order to survive.  While your business might not be generating any income/little income, you still will be able to pay your bills.  Everyone should actually have one of these funds, not just a business owner.  It is one of the best ways that you can protect yourself from having any sort of major debt expense, and is great for when you become ill. 

Starting an internet business is by no means easy.  It requires you to work hard and long to ensure you get everything done right.  Do not skimp on the details or you are going to want to wish that you never started it in the first place! 


5 things to remember if you’re feeling homesick…

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I feel like this is becoming a bit of a series now.. Anyway if you’re feeling a little lost at the moment and you just wanna go home and see good old mum and dad, here are 5 ways to beat the blues…

1) Go outside but whatever you do, DONT sit and stare at other people and then cry into your hot chocolate, it will only make things worse!

2) During waves of homesickness try to avoid going on social media. You don’t need to see all the people you miss having fun without you. Avoid like the plague.

3) Watch English TV, read an English book, speak to an English person, being abroad can be pretty alienating sometimes, so when the time comes surround yourself with englishy things and you’ll feel more at home.

4) Go find someone to give you a big squeezey hug, that’s…

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5 things to remember if you’re feeling a little lonely…

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How heartbreakingly sad does this pug look? Seriously, it’s nearly making me cry over here. Well if you every feel as lonely as this little pug then here are 5 ways to bring you out of the blues and feeling good again!

1) There is nothing lonelier than sitting staring at the same 4 walls, it’s your home, you know everything already, so get out! Get out of there, put clean clothes and take a gander into the outside, a little fresh air never hurt anybody!

2) Don’t take it personally, if people are busy or haven’t got time chances are it’s nothing to do with you!

3) Get cleaning the oven, or bake a cake, even sort out your wardrobe, do things that have been nagging you since last October, you’ll feel 10x better when you have something to do (btw this is the only time I…

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9 Tips To Help You Overcome Your Crippling Social Media Anxiety

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An interesting phenomenon that is more or less exclusive to our generation is Social Media Anxiety (SMA). If you are on social media in any capacity then you have certainly felt this kind of pressure before.

This new, betchy twist on classic General Anxiety Disorder encompasses the panic that one feels about posting a new photo or status update. Since this is the year 2015 and we are no longer cavemen (men have walked on the MOON, dude), the obvious objective of any social media endeavor is to accrue as many “likes” as possible. Anyone who says otherwise is an elitist hippie who probably went to Wesleyan. Some common questions you might ask yourself include:

“Which filter should I use?”

“Should I go for a funny caption?”

“How’s my like-to-minute ratio?”

“Is this a good time to post? Should I just wait til tomorrow?”

As ridiculous as these might…

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14 Real Physical Differences Between Men And Women (Besides The Obvious)

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Everyone reading this should already know the fundamental differences between male and female genitalia—if not, it’s time you asked Mom and Dad to give you “the talk.” But men and women’s bodies are different in many ways beyond mere ding-dongs and coochies. It is time we set aside our differences of opinion and celebrate our biological differences!

1. Men get fat on the belly, women on the ass and thighs.

Women tend to have a higher percentage of body fat than men do, but they’re smart enough to store the fat behind them, not right in front of them where everyone can see.

2. Men and women see things differently.

When it comes to depth perception, distance vision, and lighted environments, men have the edge. Women have better night vision, better visual memory, and can see more of the red end of the color…

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15 People On What Their Parents Told Them About Sex

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1. “Mummys and Daddys fit together.”

When I was about 4, I was presented with Babette Cole’s books “Mummy Laid an Egg” and “Hair in Funny Places” which basically explain reproduction and puberty for kids.

That was my SexEd. I remember getting in trouble aged 7 for telling my classmates that storks don’t bring babies, babies happen when “Mummys and Daddys fit together.”

2. “Keep it in your pants….Keep your pants on.”

My dad’s speech to my brothers: Keep it in your pants.

My dad’s speech to me: Keep your pants on.

That was all we got.

3. “You have sex, you get an STD, you DIE!”

When I was a teenager my mom was so scared after seeing a lot of 13yo with pregnancies and STDs that she went into crazy mode, aka “You have sex, you get an STD, you DIE!”. Luckily, I did not…

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1975 Emergency : A Republic Ravished, A Nation Betrayed

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Twenty one months of Dark Age eclipsed my glorious sovereign Indian nation
When the dream of 1947, the pillar of a grand republic, succumbed to a dynasty’s insane obsession
For errant power to dictate free wills and adulated ominous vainglory
Kindled by abysmal servility, on the shaken ethos of a nation, to etch a sordid story

On that ill-starred day of 25th June 1975, another “tryst with destiny”, just a few ticks short of a murky midnight
Emergency decreed, a nation’s soul and right to life, seized by a callous regime, to a dynasty’s brazen delight
What for and why the angst to incarcerate a forsaken state slumbering with a hope for posterity?
State retorted “to safeguard land from internal disturbances”, to a nation’s cohesive hilarity

But the truth roared out the insolent vengeance of that lofty dynasty’s overwhelming pride
That lost to supreme law of land for a devious…

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