Examples of neurosis in a Sentence
- 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
- He's self-conscious about few things, period, and so utterly lacking in neurosis that it's unnerving, frankly. —Ned Zeman, Vanity Fair, February 2001
- None of this official intervention did much to calm the fretfulness about maidservants, for the anxiety about their being both unreliable yet indispensable marked the birth of an authentically bourgeois neurosis. —Simon Schama, The Embarrassment of Riches, 1988
Recent Examples of neurosis from the Web
Psychiatric explanations—reducing cause to a uniquely individual neurosis—are insufficient.
People knew her as a woman with a migraine feeling the neurosis of the country, but fortunately Aunt Joan was not like that.
Part of the fun — and responsibility — of raising a small human is discovering all of this for the first time, neuroses and all.
In the 1950s and ’60s, Grof treated his psychiatric patients suffering from neurosis, psychosis, addiction, and alcoholism with LSD.
According to the Associated Press, Janov came to believe that most psychological neuroses in adulthood were the result of repressed childhood trauma.
For me, that meant self-assurance and an unwillingness to put up with any of the trivial neuroses (see above) that plagued my twenties.
Did Adam miss the memo that Hannah is a Tasmanian devil of neuroses?
The genius of Eighty-Sixed, Cazzie David’s Web series about digital-era neuroses, lies in its self-awareness.
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A neurosis is a somewhat mild mental disorder; unexplained anxiety attacks, unreasonable fears, depression, and physical symptoms that are mentally caused are all examples of neurotic conditions. A superstitious person who compulsively knocks on wood or avoids anything with the number 13 might be suffering from a harmless neurosis. But a severe neurosis such as agoraphobia can be very harmful, making a person a prisoner of his or her home. Neurosis is based on the Greek word for "nerve", since until quite recently neurotic behavior was often blamed on the nerves. Neurosis is usually contrasted with psychosis, which includes a considerably more serious group of conditions.
Origin and Etymology of neurosis
First Known Use: circa 1784See Words from the same year
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