How Neuroticism Affects Your Behavior (2022)

By Olivia Guy-Evans, published March 07, 2022

by Saul Mcleod, PhD

What Is Neuroticism?

Neuroticism is a personality trait which is believed to be associated with emotional instability. Someone with neurotic traits would worry about a lot of things, are highly critical and may be somewhat anxious.

The word ‘neurotic’ dates back to Freud (1924) who described neurotic anxiety. This, he claimed is generated when an individual’s defense mechanisms are no longer able to successfully repress an early traumatic experience, resulting in a persistent state of distress.

The label neuroticism was believed to be first coined by Eysenck (1947) to describe the personality trait. People with anxiety, depression, and related disorders at the time were commonly given the label as having ‘neurosis’.

Eysenck wanted to use a more neutral label which he believed would be preferable to those with these mental health conditions. Despite this, Eysenck agreed that individuals with the diagnosis of neurosis had extreme levels of the personality trait neuroticism.

He claimed that those with high levels of neuroticism require little life stress to trigger neurosis compared to those without high neuroticism levels.

Eysenck’s (1961, 1981) influential theory led to the development of the Big Three personality traits. He claimed that all individuals fall onto three dimensions of personality: extraversion, neuroticism, and psychoticism.

He based his theory on variations in the levels of cortical activation and autonomic nervous system reactivity that individuals have. He suggested that extraversion, or positive emotion, is associated with moderate levels of arousal, whereas neuroticism, or negative emotion, is associated with under or overarousal.

Neuroticism has thus come to be known as the trait reflecting emotional stability or the tendency to become easily aroused, or upset and worried, when stimulated.

McCrae and Costa (1987), among others have later described neuroticism as a negative personality trait involving the tendency to experience frequent negative emotions, maladjustment, poor ability to manage urges, trouble dealing with stress, and a strong reaction to perceived threats.

McCrae and Costa developed the popular personality theory of the Big Five which includes five personality trait dimensions: extraversion, openness to experience, conscientiousness, agreeableness, and neuroticism.

Within the Big Five dimension, the researchers describe facets of each trait to further specify them. They define 6 facets of neuroticism which can help identify people who are prone to psychological distress:

  1. Anxiety – the level of anxiety someone has. How frequent and how easily someone feels anxious.

  2. Anger/hostility – the tendency to feel anger, frustration, or bitterness.

  3. Depression – the tendency to feel guilt, loneliness, and low mood.

  4. Self-consciousness – how easily someone experiences social anxiety or extreme shyness.

  5. Impulsiveness – the tendency to give in to cravings and the ability to delay gratification.

  6. Vulnerability – how well someone can handle stress.

Neuroticism is generally measured using self-report questionnaires as part of a personality assessment. The Big Five personality test is still commonly used in much research today.

In these personality tests, people can rate how much they relate to statements, such as ‘I worry about things’ and ‘I am relaxed most of the time’.

Through these questionnaires, people can see how they fall on the personality trait dimensions.

As neuroticism is a dimension and not a diagnosis, the prevalence rate of neurotic personality traits are not reported as they are for diagnosable mental health disorders.

Common neurotic traits

People who score highly on neuroticism may experience some of the following traits:

Some of the behaviors of people high on neuroticism can include the following:

  • Panicking in non-threatening situations – if the fight-or-flight response system kicks in when there is nothing threatening in the environment, it is likely that neuroticism is prompting this panic.

  • Likely to display more road rage – over the top anger at minor mistakes on the road could be a sign of neurotic behavior.

  • Overly protective of their child’s health and safety – whilst it is normal for parents to worry for their child’s safety, those who are neurotic may overly worry about their child’s health, may prevent them from doing anything that presents with any risks or take them to a medical professional over any minor health concern.

  • Strive for perfection – those who are neurotic may spend more time than necessary completing tasks because they are determined to avoid making mistakes.

  • Overly-dependant – people who are neurotic may depend on others to meet their needs rather than doing things themselves. They may overly complain about their problems in the hopes that someone else will solve them.

Neuroticism and Mental Health

Although neuroticism is a dimension of normal personality, high neuroticism scores can be found in, or make someone more vulnerable to, mental health conditions.

High neuroticism scores in individuals have consistently found to be a risk factor for a wide range of mental disorders such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia, posttraumatic stress disorder, and personality disorders (Zhang, 2020).

Another study investigated the relationship between neuroticism and mental traits, finding significant relationships with insomnia, loneliness, anorexia nervosa, subjective well-being, among other mental health disorders (Zhang, 2021).

It seems increasingly apparent that most psychological disorders are associated with elevated levels of neuroticism. These links may be unsurprising given that emotional distress is one of the defining criteria of both neuroticism and psychological disorders.

Neuroticism appears to be particularly strongly related to conditions that contain a prominent component of subjective distress. This may be why the trait has strong associations with major depression, anxiety, and personality disorders.

Studies have looked at the trait of extraversion alongside neuroticism and found that these two traits can play a part in the onset and maintenance of anxiety, depressive, and related disorders (Brown and Barlow, 2009; Griffith et al., 2010).

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Specifically, it appears to be that the combination of high neuroticism levels with low extraversion seems to play an important role in the emergence of some mental health conditions.

This was found in a study by Gershuny and Sher (1998) who found that individuals with low extraversion and high neuroticism were more at risk of developing anxiety later in life.

Studies have documented that those high on neuroticism are more at risk of psychopathology following exposure to stressful life events than those who score low on neuroticism.

Also, those who score high on neuroticism predicted later life mental health conditions (van Os & Jones, 1999).

It is suggested that the well-documented relationship between neuroticism and depression is mediated by individual differences in the use of different emotion regulation strategies.

Specifically, maladaptive forms of emotion regulation facilitate the association between neuroticism and the severity of depressive symptoms (Yoon, Maltby, & Joorman, 2012).

There is also some evidence that highly neurotic people who have depression may benefit more from positive life changes than those low in neuroticism.

Oldehinkel et al., 2000 found that in depressed patients who were followed for 3.5 years that neuroticism enhanced the effect of positive life events. The capacity for positive events to bring remission forward was found to be three times stronger for highly neurotic individuals.

How Neuroticism Can Affect Behavior

People who score highly on neuroticism may find that this trait influences their behavior in positive and negative ways.

Since people with neuroticism tend to pay more attention to negative outcomes or risks, this trait could be beneficial for these individuals to succeed or survive.

Having sensitivity to threats over the course of human evolution has helped the species to survive, thus partaking in less risky behaviors due to a focus on negative outcomes can be a good thing for many.

Regret is a common feeling those with neuroticism have. Feeling regretful can help many people to learn from their mistakes and to alter future behavior. This contrasts with those who may not feel regretful and continue with their behaviors that others may dislike.

Those with neurotic personality also tend to be more intelligent, humorous, have greater self-awareness, and drive, especially if they also score highly on conscientiousness alongside neuroticism.

They may be more likely to be reflective on their actions and be more creative thinker than those who score low on neuroticism.

People high in neuroticism tend to view things in a more critical or accurate way, compared to those low on neuroticism who may view things too optimistically or unrealistically.

Although this comes with the risks of viewing things too negatively, being able to have realistic expectations can be beneficial to avoid disappointment.

Likewise, neurotic individuals can possess more emotional depth since they have more experience handling negative emotions. This can mean they may have a lot of empathy and understanding for other people’s struggles.

On the other hand, there are many negative effects that can come from high levels of neuroticism. As previously discussed, if the negative feelings of neuroticism get out of control, this can result in mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression.

They may also respond to stressful situations in a more negative way such as getting angrier or more upset than those who are not neurotic.

Being highly neurotic can have a negative affect at work for many people. Whilst they may be really good at their job, they may also tend to worry a lot about their performance.

Similarly, if someone who is highly neurotic receives some negative feedback from a boss or co-worker, no matter how small, the effects can feel devastating for the individual.

They may respond by worrying about their performance more, to the point where they are consumed with self-evaluation and anxiety that they cannot focus on the work. They may even avoid work altogether, in the end creating self-fulfilling prophecies for themselves.

Whilst extreme, this maladaptive response can lead to difficulties in keeping jobs, decreased satisfaction with life, and sometimes even decreased life expectancy.

How Neuroticism Can Affect Relationships

Those who score highly on neuroticism tend to, on average, have worse ratings of relationships satisfaction. People who have relationships with those high in neuroticism may report that they are not easy to be around.

Those who are neurotic may tend to complain a lot, be critical of themselves and others, constantly seek reassurance, be overly dependent on others, and may appear very dramatic. Over time, this can wear down those who know the individual and get to the point of being frustrating for them.

People who are neurotic may also pass on their neurotic tendencies to those around them. This may especially be the case for children of parents who are neurotic. The parent may unintentionally pass on their worries to their child so that the child learns to be more fearful.

Being high in neuroticism could also result in more conflicts with others, due to their over-critical nature for instance. Moreover, if minor inconveniences can push neurotic people over the edge, they may yell or become angry at people they feel have caused them stress. Some people who are neurotic may also accuse others of doing things without any evidence to back this up.

To others, neurotic people may appear unreliable if they cannot regulate their emotions. If others cannot rely on these individuals to be stable, they may be avoided or not offered more job promotions or opportunities compared to someone who seems to know how to control their emotions.

The negative beliefs that highly neurotic people may have about themselves may lead to ineffective social functioning which then confirms the negative beliefs they have, further re-enforcing neurotic tendencies. This then becomes a vicious cycle of neuroticism and social relationships.

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Research by Du et al., (2021) suggested that highly neurotic individuals are likely to encounter various types of interpersonal difficulties in general. Specifically, these problems, they claim, fall into three broad areas, each defined by different facets of neuroticism:

  • Anxiety and self-consciousness: people high in this facet of neuroticism tend to be overly obedient and non-assertive.

  • Anger: people high in this facet find that they constant anger leads to problems of being too cold-hearted and vindictive.

  • Depression: people high in this facet of neuroticism tend to avoid social interactions.

Being able to break down neuroticism into its components and seeing how each of these relate to specific interpersonal behaviors makes it possible to see what can make like difficult for neurotic people.

Coping With Neuroticism

For people who are neurotic, it can feel as if they are trapped by their maladaptive thought patterns. Personality traits tend to be stable during the lifetime therefore neuroticism can reduce to some degree, but it may always be present.

Some research suggests that sometimes, especially after a major life event, neuroticism can naturally decline over time. To cope with neuroticism, it is more about changing the behaviors rather than the personality trait itself.

There are some ways in which to cope with neuroticism such as practicing mindfulness. Studies show that mindfulness can reduce how often negative thoughts occur and it can increase one’s ability to let go of these thoughts.

Taking a step back from stressful or upsetting situations and thinking about what is causing the negative feelings when they happen can prevent some of the automatic neurotic patterns of thinking.

Asking questions such as ‘What am I thinking?’ How am I feeling? How am I responding?’ can make it easier to take a broader perspective of the situation.

In situations where neurotic feelings and behaviors can take over, it can be useful to simply take some deep breaths to calm down. Breathing exercises can help to create some distance from the intensity of the experience and may help people to realize that their reaction was out of proportion to the situation itself.

Taking deep breaths can also biologically help to calm down the autonomic nervous system before it gets into fight-or-flight.

Some other lifestyle methods to try for people who are neurotic can be to engage in physical activity or exercise to help them to burn off any negative emotions they may be facing.

Also, avoiding substances such as alcohol and drugs can also help since neurotic people are more vulnerable to being dependent on substances.

Therapeutic methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can also be useful for addressing ways to react in more balanced ways to stressors.

CBT involves working with a therapist to address and challenge negative thought patterns and behaviors. CBT is generally effective in addressing the specific symptoms of mental health conditions that may result alongside high neuroticism, but it may not reduce the general predispositional features of neuroticism.

This means that even after CBT, individuals may still be susceptible to other mental health conditions, although learning how to manage worries and negative thoughts through CBT can be a useful tool for reducing the severity of mental health conditions.

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About the Author

Olivia Guy-Evans obtained her undergraduate degree in Educational Psychology at Edge Hill University in 2015. She then received her master’s degree in Psychology of Education from the University of Bristol in 2019. Olivia has been working as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities in Bristol for the last four years.

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FAQs

How does neuroticism affect behavior? ›

In general, people who are high on the neuroticism scale react with quick arousal to situations and can take a long time to get back to their baseline level. In other words, they live with emotional instability and may have trouble regulating their behaviors as a result.

How does a neurotic person behave? ›

An individual with neuroticism may be self-conscious and shy. They may tend to internalize phobias and other neurotic traits, such as anxiety, panic, aggression, negativity, and depression. Neuroticism is an ongoing emotional state defined by these negative reactions and feelings.

What is an example of neurotic behavior? ›

Some common examples of neurotic behavior can include:

Intense anxiety or panic in non-threatening social situations like going out to eat, a work function, or a friendly gathering. Difficulty taking care of basic needs, such as shopping, hygiene, paying bills or keeping a job, as a result of depression or anxiety.

How do you use neuroticism for your advantage? ›

People higher in neuroticism exhibit reduced “prosocial behaviors” Such PSBs include helping others, being soothing and supportive, being more generous and giving, doing more charitable work, and generally enjoying a greater sense of well-being.

How do you live with neurotics? ›

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  1. Start with Gentle Reassurance. One way to help your friend or loved one is to reassure them that, in most cases, the situation they're facing is not life or death, Samton said. ...
  2. Suggest They Take a Time-Out. ...
  3. Be Positive and Supportive. ...
  4. Share Your Stories. ...
  5. Suggest They Seek Help.
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What is neuroticism explain with example? ›

Neuroticism is the trait disposition to experience negative affects, including anger, anxiety, self‐consciousness, irritability, emotional instability, and depression1.

How do you change neuroticism? ›

Here are 12 tips on how to be less neurotic:
  1. Self-Reflect Through Journaling. ...
  2. Go to Therapy. ...
  3. Reappraise & Replace Your Thoughts. ...
  4. Practice Mindfulness. ...
  5. Use Opposite to Emotion/Action Technique. ...
  6. Radical Acceptance. ...
  7. Effective Problem-Solving. ...
  8. Foster Positive Emotions.
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How do you use neurotic in a sentence? ›

Examples of neurotic in a Sentence

The psychiatrist diagnosed the patient as neurotic. My neurotic mother scolded me for staying out 10 minutes past curfew. He is neurotic about his job.

How do you know if you're neurotic? ›

8 Common Personality Traits of a Neurotic Person

A tendency toward mood disorders like anxiety and depression. Hyper-awareness and self-consciousness of one's mistakes and imperfections. A propensity to dwell on negative feelings and emotions.

What is a neurotic personality type? ›

Neuroticism. Neuroticism is a personality trait characterized by sadness, moodiness, and emotional instability.1 Individuals who are high in neuroticism tend to experience mood swings, anxiety, irritability, and sadness. Those low in this personality trait tend to be more stable and emotionally resilient.

Can you change a neurotic personality? ›

As a basic personality trait, neuroticism is hard to change but it can be changed a bit. You are not likely to go from being in the ninetieth percentile to the tenth percentile of neuroticism--a huge change--but with persistent effort, you can probably dial it down a bit.

How do I make myself less neurotic? ›

How to be Less Neurotic
  1. Be mindful. Instead of approaching neurotic patterns of thinking, well, neurotically, take a step back as an observer and think about what's causing the angst. ...
  2. Take some deep breaths. ...
  3. Practice self-acceptance.
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How do you say neuroticism? ›

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What does it mean to be high in neuroticism? ›

Neurotic individuals are more prone to negative emotions (such as anxiety, depression, anger, and guilt). Empirical studies suggest that extremely high levels of neuroticism are associated with prolonged and pervasive misery in both the neurotic individuals and those close to them.

Can a neurotic person be successful? ›

In line, decades of scientific research show that there is generally a negative relationship between neuroticism and career success.

What is a healthy neurotic? ›

The term “healthy neuroticism” was coined in 2000 when other researchers first described how conscientiousness may provide the dose of self-discipline that reduces unhealthy neurotic behaviors like overeating, smoking, and drinking too much alcohol – all of which have direct or indirect consequences for inflammation.

Which of the following is an example of neurotic anxiety? ›

Here are some examples of neurotic anxiety in people who struggle with social anxiety disorder: Excessive worry or dread before social interactions. Extreme self-consciousness and discomfort during social interactions. Overthinking everything they say or do during an interaction and self-censoring.

Is neurotic an insult? ›

Being called "neurotic" is an insult in today's culture. Many people with their own personal eccentricities are called neurotic merely because they're a little different, and this is seen not as a condition but as an irritating personality trait.

What are the causes of neurosis? ›

Overwork, insufficient rest, and an inability to relax all contribute to the development of neurosis. Neurotic diseases are caused by a disruption in the metabolism of neurotransmitters, hormones, vitamins, and other biologically active chemicals necessary for the regular functioning of the central nervous system.

What medications treat neurosis? ›

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  • Hydroxyzine. Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine with anticholinergic effect, prescribed for anxiety and tension. ...
  • Modafinil. ...
  • Sertraline.

Why does neuroticism exist? ›

High neuroticism ratings are associated with risk of mental illness and worse outcomes, on average, on measures of health and relationship satisfaction. However, it can be argued that neuroticism exists because it provided advantages (such as sensitivity to threats) over the course of humanity's evolution.

How is neuroticism measured? ›

Most tests that assess neuroticism include questions that look at an individual's mood and anxiety levels, which may also indicate other issues. It's known that a neurotic person is more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression.

What is the opposite of neuroticism? ›

The opposite of neuroticism is calm/tranquil. Those who score low in neuroticism are emotionally stable and don't tend to ruminate over every little thing.

What causes high neuroticism? ›

Neurotic behaviors also can stem from mental health problems. A neurotic personality may make you more prone to get what researchers call “internalizing disorders,” such as: Generalized anxiety disorder.

Is neuroticism learned? ›

Like other traits, such as height [8] or intelligence [9], neuroticism is heritable [10]. Twin and family estimates indicate that around 48% of phenotypic variance can be explained by genetic effects [11].

Is neuroticism associated with intelligence? ›

Neuroticism is a risk factor for selected mental and physical illnesses and is inversely associated with intelligence. Intelligence appears to interact with neuroticism and mitigate its detrimental effects on physical health and mortality.

What is meant by the word neurotic? ›

noun. a person who is afflicted with a neurosis or who tends to be emotionally unstable or unusually anxious.

What does neurotic mean synonym? ›

disturbed, obsessive-compulsive, paranoiac. (also paranoic), paranoid.

What's the difference between neurotic and psychotic? ›

Neurosis and Psychosis are different types of mental disorders. Neurosis is a mild mental disorder NOT arising from organic diseases – instead, it can occur from stress, depression or anxiety. Psychosis is a major personality disorder characterised by mental and emotional disruptions.

Are neurotic people sensitive? ›

People with high levels of neuroticism are characterized by being emotionally sensitive, with a high levels of emotional contagion from the environment, something that could result in the development of feelings such as anxiety, or worry, in different situations of daily life.

How do you deal with a neurotic person at work? ›

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  2. Give long, relaxed deadlines to avoid putting neurotics under too much pressure.
  3. Leave them alone to get on with their work. ...
  4. Encourage them to work in teams.
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Which of the following is a type of neurotic disorder? ›

Neurotic tendencies are common, manifesting as acute or chronic anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobia, or personality disorder.

What jobs are good for neurotics? ›

It's important to note that potential jobs for people who are higher in neuroticism could vary if the person has an additional strong trait.
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Potential job ideas for those who rank higher in this area are:
  • Writer.
  • Artist.
  • Accountant.
  • Florist.
  • Yoga Instructor.
  • Freelance Designer.

What jobs are good for neuroticism? ›

People who are highly neurotic usually prefer jobs in Material Science, Web development, Archiving etc. People who are less neurotic often prefer jobs such as Telephone Operator, Critical Care Nurse or CEOs.

Is it good to have low neuroticism? ›

Although low Neuroticism is generally thought of as a positive, people who are very low in this trait may not think much about risks or danger. Because they are generally carefree and relaxed, and not prone to anxiety, people who are extremely low in Neuroticism may be optimistic to the point of delusion.

How long does it take to change a personality trait? ›

However, as past research has shown, a permanent personality alteration takes at least 18 months of concentrated intervention. Recent studies have also shown that it's impossible to change your own personality—any change requires sustained outside encouragement by someone you are committed to.

Can personality traits be learned? ›

It has long been believed that people can't change their personalities, which are largely stable and inherited. But a review of recent research in personality science points to the possibility that personality traits can change through persistent intervention and major life events.

What is moral anxiety? ›

Moral anxiety: A fear of violating our own moral principles3. Neurotic anxiety: The unconscious worry that we will lose control of the id's urges, resulting in punishment for inappropriate behavior.

What is Type A personality? ›

The phrase "Type A" refers to a pattern of behavior and personality associated with high achievement, competitiveness, and impatience, among other characteristics. In particular, the positive traits of a Type A personality include: Self-control. Motivation to achieve results.

What is agreeable personality? ›

Overall, agreeableness describes a person's ability to put other people's needs above their own. For instance, people who are high in agreeableness naturally experience empathy and tend to get tremendous pleasure from serving others and taking care of them.

What is openness experience in psychology? ›

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Openness to Experience describes a dimension of cognitive style that distinguishes imaginative, creative people from down-to-earth, conventional people. Open people are Intellectually curious, appreciative of art, and sensitive to beauty. They tend to be, compared to closed people, more aware of their feelings.

What is Psychoticism in psychology? ›

Psychoticism is a term used in psychology defining a state of mind where someone is experiencing psychosis and is in a heightened state of cognitive impairment.

Are neurotic people more angry? ›

Individuals higher in neuroticism report higher levels of anger just as they report higher levels of other negative emotions like anxiety, sadness, and guilt (Watson & Clark, 1984).

Is neuroticism a stable trait? ›

As a personality trait, neuroticism represents a relatively stable way of feeling and being—but a proneness to worry and distress can still be recognized and improved.

Are neurotic people more angry? ›

Individuals higher in neuroticism report higher levels of anger just as they report higher levels of other negative emotions like anxiety, sadness, and guilt (Watson & Clark, 1984).

What is the big 5 trait of neuroticism? ›

Neuroticism. Neuroticism is a personality trait characterized by sadness, moodiness, and emotional instability.1 Individuals who are high in neuroticism tend to experience mood swings, anxiety, irritability, and sadness. Those low in this personality trait tend to be more stable and emotionally resilient.

What is the importance of neuroticism? ›

Neuroticism is associated with distress and dissatisfaction. Neurotic individuals (that is, those who are high on the neuroticism dimension) tend to feel dissatisfied with themselves and their lives. They are more likely to report minor health problems and to feel general discomfort in a wide range of situations.

Is neuroticism linked to intelligence? ›

Background: Neuroticism is a risk factor for selected mental and physical illnesses and is inversely associated with intelligence. Intelligence appears to interact with neuroticism and mitigate its detrimental effects on physical health and mortality.

Is high neuroticism good? ›

While some neuroticism is healthy, because it's associated with heightened self-criticism, “It can become a 'crash and burn' dynamic, where negative beliefs about yourself lead to ineffective social functioning, which then confirms those negative beliefs, and further re-enforces neurotic tendencies,” Dr. Brenner says.

Can you change neuroticism? ›

As a basic personality trait, neuroticism is hard to change but it can be changed a bit. You are not likely to go from being in the ninetieth percentile to the tenth percentile of neuroticism--a huge change--but with persistent effort, you can probably dial it down a bit.

Is neuroticism a stable trait? ›

As a personality trait, neuroticism represents a relatively stable way of feeling and being—but a proneness to worry and distress can still be recognized and improved.

What is neuroticism explain with example? ›

Neuroticism is the trait disposition to experience negative affects, including anger, anxiety, self‐consciousness, irritability, emotional instability, and depression1.

Who is a neurotic person? ›

A neurotic personality has little natural buffer against stress. You see everyday situations as far worse than they really are, and then blame yourself for your extreme pessimism and negativity. You might constantly feel: Irritated.

What jobs are good for neurotics? ›

It's important to note that potential jobs for people who are higher in neuroticism could vary if the person has an additional strong trait.
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How do you say neuroticism? ›

How to Pronounce Neuroticism - YouTube

How does neuroticism affect the brain? ›

The researchers focused on the structure of the cortex, the outer layer of the brain. They found that in people who are more neurotic and prone to mood changes, the cortex tends to be thicker and less wrinkly. People who appear more open – for example, curious and creative – show the opposite pattern.

How does neuroticism affect health? ›

People who are higher in neuroticism have an increased risk of developing Axis I psychopathology, especially the common mental disorders such as mood, anxiety, somatoform and substance use disorders, and also schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Are you born with neuroticism? ›

Researchers identify genetic associations of neuroticism.

The existence of these genetic associations could indicate a person's predisposition to the personality trait neuroticism. The authors focused on neuroticism as it is the personality trait most closely associated with mental illness and physical health problems.

Do I have a neurotic personality? ›

8 Common Personality Traits of a Neurotic Person

A tendency toward mood disorders like anxiety and depression. Hyper-awareness and self-consciousness of one's mistakes and imperfections. A propensity to dwell on negative feelings and emotions.

What are the signs of high intelligence? ›

The signs of high intellectual power in adults are similar to those in children. They include quick learning, interest in unique topics, and the ability to process information fast, among others.

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