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The Upside of Vulnerability

How “bad genes” may actually make us stronger

Illustrations: Mariana Barakchieva

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Vulnerability tips into disorder once a certain stress threshold has been passed.

The data suggests that the genes that put us most at risk of mental illness may also be the same genes that help to make us healthier, happier, more resilient, and successful, both as individuals and as a species.

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It’s this mismatch between our evolutionary programming and reality that can turn a behavior which helped us in one context into something that harms us in another context.


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