neu·​rot·​i·​cism | \ nu̇-ˈrä-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce neuroticism (audio) , nyu̇-\

Definition of neuroticism

: a neurotic character, condition, or trait

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As a group, the centenarians tested lower on neuroticism and higher on competence and extraversion. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "The Surprising Secrets to Living Longer — And Better," 15 Feb. 2018 In 2008, my 24 years of neuroticism reached their dizzying peak. Liv Boeree, Vox, "How an 18th-century priest gave us the tools to make better decisions," 30 Nov. 2018 Consumed by her nagging, overbearing affectations, the Jewish mother was to blame for the persistent woes of the Jewish American male — his anxiety, his neuroticism, his own assimilation failures. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How the JAP became America’s most complex Jewish stereotype.," 5 Dec. 2018 Cambridge Analytica decided to study five personality attributes: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism, according to Wylie. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Cambridge Analytica used fashion preferences to target people on Facebook," 29 Nov. 2018 In addition to the genetic links between educational attainment and Alzheimer’s risk, the results link neuroticism to anorexia nervosa, anxiety disorders, MDD and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Analysis of a Million-Plus Genomes Points to Blurring Lines Among Brain Disorders," 22 June 2018 No link was found with the fifth trait, neuroticism. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Being a Couch Potato May Change Your Personality," 29 May 2018 Previous research has shown that both above- and below-average intelligence and a risk for depression and other aspects of neuroticism can be inherited. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Studies Identify Key Genes for Intelligence, Depression, ADHD, and Autism," 25 June 2018 Armed with that kind of data, a firm could in theory tailor political messages that play on factors like people’s neuroticism or openness. Time, "The Facebook Data Cambridge Analytica Took Was Either Extremely Valuable or Totally Worthless," 22 Mar. 2018

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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neu·​rot·​i·​cism | \ n(y)u̇-ˈrät-ə-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce neuroticism (audio) \

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: a neurotic character, condition, or trait

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