WASHINGTON POST (US) — Horoscope prediction may be a trendy way to know what the future holds, but it’s also a way to predict what you’re going to be like, says a psychologist.
In a study published this month in the journal Psychological Science, psychologist Rebecca Hirsch and her colleagues compared predictions from a personal horoscope to those of a survey of people with anxiety.
They found that people with high anxiety levels tended to be predicted by the survey’s question that was most predictive of anxiety: Are you anxious?
“This study is an example of how a simple question can predict the future in a way that we might not normally be able to predict the past,” Hirsch says.
“This could be an opportunity for researchers to learn more about how anxiety affects people in different stages of life.”
This study was conducted with the help of an anonymous sample of 2,000 participants in the National Survey of Family Growth, an ongoing survey that has been asking participants questions about anxiety since 1988.
The survey includes questions about age, race, ethnicity, education, income, marital status, income from working, and health status.
Participants also complete questions about their personal beliefs about anxiety and how they would describe themselves as anxious.
The questionnaire also asks questions about the nature of their anxiety and what they believe will be the most challenging time in their lives.
Researchers found that anxious people who answered the survey with questions about personal horoscopes tended to predict anxiety levels that were lower than those who answered questions that did not ask such questions.
The study was based on the idea that anxious participants who did not know about the horoscope tended to report anxiety differently from anxious people whose responses were more familiar with the horoscopy.
This is important because anxious people often do not have a good grasp of their own anxiety.
The researchers also found that anxiety sufferers who were not aware of the horoscopic results tended to have higher levels of anxiety and lower self-esteem.
What this means for us is that we need to pay attention to what we’re saying about ourselves and other people.
“In terms of the future, the horo is a very useful tool for understanding who we are, how we feel, and how we act,” says Hirsch.
“But it also has a lot of value for predicting the future for people who have a lot more anxiety.”
The study also looked at whether the self-reported anxiety of people who had anxiety was correlated with the number of different horoscores.
Participants were divided into two groups based on their age.
One group was asked about their own horoscope.
The other was asked to read the horocharii (or “night star” in Hebrew) and answer the question: Are there any specific events in the past that you feel you need to worry about?
The participants then completed questionnaires about their anxiety.
One of the researchers, Roberta Shulman, said the findings showed anxiety suffenders tend to overestimate their own level of anxiety.
“If someone has more anxiety than we do, they are more likely to be overestimating their anxiety,” she said.
“And when they are, it doesn’t look like it.
It looks like they are exaggerating.”
The researchers found that the more anxiety people had, the less likely they were to read a horoscope that predicted them better than a horo that did.
The findings also showed that anxiety-prone people tend to have more anxiety-related coping strategies, including rituals, such as sleeping in the same bed and avoiding eye contact, and less self-discipline, such a drinking, smoking and shopping habits.
People who said they were not overly anxious, on the other hand, tended to say things like: I like being alone, I don’t have to worry, I can go to work when I want, I’m not afraid of getting caught.
“What people are worried about in their anxiety is what is actually happening in the world around them,” Shulmann says.
Shulaman, who also has her own anxiety disorder, says the study helps to explain why anxiety suffices to drive so much anxiety and why anxiety-prevention efforts are so ineffective.
“We know that anxiety does not explain all of the symptoms of anxiety,” Shilman says.
Rather, she says, anxiety is an “illustrative sign of a deeper underlying health condition, one that often doesn’t get diagnosed until the condition is severe.”
She notes that anxiety can be self-limiting and may be driven by the fear of losing control, as well as feelings of inadequacy, self-worth, isolation, and guilt.
But Shulham is optimistic that our anxiety-induced anxieties are more about us than about the future.
“When we have anxiety, it’s really hard to control it, and that’s why anxiety is so powerful.
It has such an impact on how we live our lives,” she says.