Finally, there's a reason to be proud of your overly tense, moody or neurotic tendencies: They could make you a better entrepreneur.

A 2015 study conducted by researchers at King’s College in London suggests that people with neuroses may be more inclined to be creative geniuses. That’s because they’re more sensitive to perceived threats than most people. A “panic button” in the amygdala, an emotional center in the brain, triggers a disproportionate fear response to perceived threats. That threat generator, located in the brain’s medial prefrontal cortex, in turn is linked to an active imagination--a key characteristic for good problem solvers.

Neurosis is a trait that’s appeared in successful entrepreneurs from Howard Hughes to Steve Jobs. Hughes, an aviator and business tycoon, had a rare form of obsessive-compulsive disorder in which his germ phobia caused him to neglect his personal hygiene. His professional accomplishments included the acquisition of Trans World Airlines and the invention of several aircraft models, including the Hughes H-4 Hercules.

The Apple co-founder was a perfectionist in all areas of his life. He tweaked and redesigned the iPhone obsessively before releasing it a decade after the first smartphone went on the market, according to Psychology Today.

In his personal life, Jobs demonstrated the same attention to detail. His homes typically remained unfurnished for years because he wanted the décor to be perfect. His wife said she and Jobs “spoke about furniture in theory for eight years” before buying a sofa, Psychology Today reported.

Ilan Zechory and Tom Lehman--best friends and co-founders of, a site that allows users to annotate song lyrics--are another, more modern, example. To manage their sometimes tumultuous personal relationship, the two attend couples therapy together, the New York Times reported in April.

Their zany chemistry, however, is a driving force behind much of the success of their business. “Their relationship is the centerpiece,” Russell Farhang, the company’s director of operations, told The Times.