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

Definition of neuroticism

: a neurotic character, condition, or trait

Examples of neuroticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, members of the same family were often asked to assess themselves in terms of extraversion, openness to experiences, conscientiousness, tolerance and neuroticism. Corinna Hartmann, Scientific American, "Does Birth Order Affect Personality?," 8 Aug. 2019 Owners were scored on the Big Five Inventory personality traits: agreeableness, conscientiousness, extroversion, openness and neuroticism. Rachel Desantis,, "Study Finds Cat Behaviors May Reflect Their Owners' Personality Traits," 2 July 2019 Stressed out Some people are naturally more anxious and emotionally reactive, a trait called neuroticism. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "If you’re chronically stressed, your dog could be too," 6 June 2019 The survey found that different traits were linked to different behaviors in cats, for example, owners who reported that their cat had a behavior problem had higher neuroticism scores. Rachel Desantis,, "Study Finds Cat Behaviors May Reflect Their Owners' Personality Traits," 2 July 2019 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

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

Medical Definition of neuroticism

: a neurotic character, condition, or trait

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