I decided to write a bit more about the personality traits - I keep writing about the NEO PI-R inventory and the research using it. So my plan is to write about all thirty facets and five big traits that this inventory reports.
So, first trait - neuroticism.
Probably one of the oldest traits researched and described. (Stereotypically) related to hysteria, nervousness, irrational behavior and likes. As the personality inventory is built on semantic basis - on what people say about other people - definitions are the key here. Let's look at them.
People high in neuroticism are usually defined as moody, are more likely to experience anxiety, worry, fear, anger, despair, envy, guilt, sadness and loneliness. It is considered that such people have worse stress management skills and are more likely to think things are desperately hopeless. Sometimes quick emotional arousal and slow relaxation are mentioned, sometimes - emotional instability, poor adaptation and tendency to complain.
People low in neuroticism tend to be defined as emotionally stable, even-tempered, less likely to become suddenly aroused. Even though they rarely experience strong negative emotions, they also tend to not experience very strong positive emotions.
If I ever succeed to create a personality test, I would call this trait Emotionality. I tend to think that high score here means a wider and deeper emotional scale (and we all tend to give higher priority to negative information - mostly because it is about survival), and lower score means more narrow and shallow emotional landscape.
Neuroticism is an important trait for all people who have occupation requiring intense effort, empathy, attention to details, readiness for various problematic situations, academic activities, creative thinking. Such people tend to assess situation more realistically and tend to have a better sense of humor. On top, such people experience negative emotions more often and are better prepared to deal with them because of this experience.
My name is Monika, I am psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, counsel and teach.
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