neurosis

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neu·ro·sis

noun \n-ˈrō-səs, ny-\

medical : an emotional illness in which a person experiences strong feelings of fear or worry

plural neu·ro·ses \-ˌsēz\

Full Definition of NEUROSIS

:  a mental and emotional disorder that affects only part of the personality, is accompanied by a less distorted perception of reality than in a psychosis, does not result in disturbance of the use of language, and is accompanied by various physical, physiological, and mental disturbances (as visceral symptoms, anxieties, or phobias)

Examples of NEUROSIS

  1. LBJ by legend watched the evening news about Vietnam simultaneously on three TVs, a ticket to a neurosis and night sweats. —Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal, 2 Dec. 2005

Origin of NEUROSIS

New Latin
First Known Use: circa 1784

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

neu·ro·sis

noun \n(y)-ˈrō-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural neu·ro·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of NEUROSIS

: a mental and emotional disorder that affects only part of the personality, is accompanied by a less distorted perception of reality than in a psychosis, does not result in disturbance of the use of language, and is accompanied by various physical, physiological, and mental disturbances (as visceral symptoms, anxieties, or phobias)

neurosis

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Mental and emotional disorder that affects only part of the personality, is accompanied by a less distorted perception of reality than in a psychosis, and is characterized by various physiological and mental disturbances (such as visceral symptoms and impaired concentration). The neuroses include anxiety attacks, certain forms of depression, hypochondriasis, hysterical reactions, obsessive-compulsive disorders, phobias, various sexual dysfunctions, and some tics. They have traditionally been thought to be based on emotional conflict in which a blocked impulse seeks expression in a disguised response or symptom. Behavioral psychologists regard them as learned, inappropriate responses to stress, which can be unlearned.

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