Scientists have recently confirmed what people have long suspected, and it even sheds some light from a Brain Type’s perspective.Ai?? Simply stated, city life is harder on the brain, as the areas dealing with stress and emotion are significantly affected by living among the crowds.Ai?? The recent study reveals that those born and raised in urban areas are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and schizophrenia compared to those brought up in the countryside.
Says Dr. Jens Pruessner of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Quebec, who helped carry out the study: “Previous findings have shown that the risk for anxiety disorders is 21 per cent higher for people from the city, who also have a 39 per cent increase for mood disorders.Ai?? In addition, the incidence of schizophrenia is almost doubled for individuals born and brought up in cities. TheseAi?? values are a cause for concern.”
Several studies have already shown that exposure to green space reduces stress, boosts health and makes us less vulnerable to depression.Ai?? For this study, the brain scans of 32 healthy volunteers from urban and rural areas were used.Ai?? Interestingly enough, the region of the brain called the amygdala ai??i?? involved in mood and emotion ai??i?? was more active among the volunteers raised in cities.Ai?? While all Brain Types would certainly be affected by city stress, a probable theory is that those strongest in this region of the brain, namely Q2s (BRs), could be affected even more (considering Q2 is the primary emotional center in men).Ai?? After all, Back brain persons (which usually have introverted personalities) in general tend to avoid large crowds to begin with.Ai?? Many have personally told us that being around too many people for too long even gives them headaches!
Speaking of brain scans (earlier), BT enthusiasts often ask us whether brain scans/mappings could be relevant in terms of identifying the various Brain Types.Ai?? Yes, and no.Ai?? While they are relevant, they are not full-proof, and this study sheds one source of light regarding exactly why.Ai?? Too many environmental influences come into play, not to mention the significant affects of nurture and physio-nurture.Ai?? Those desiring a more thorough read on the subject need look no further than to Jon Niednagel’s latest book, “Brain Types and Parenting,” and the chapter given to the variations we find within each Brain Type.
Whether you are a city slicker or city survivor, our simple recommendation is to chill out amid the chaos.Ai?? Be in control of your life, and don’t let the city life control you.
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