neu·​rot·​i·​cism nu̇-ˈrä-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce neuroticism (audio)
: a neurotic character, condition, or trait

Examples of neuroticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some people can mistake high sensitivity for introversion or neuroticism. Jessica Migala, Health, 26 Mar. 2024 Personality Types and Zodiac Signs The BTI measures five main personality factors — extraversion, neuroticism, conscientiousness, openness to experience, and agreeableness. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 18 Jan. 2024 One study followed couples, who had been together for an average of nearly four decades, over the course of eight years; partners matched each other’s baselines in traits such as openness, agreeableness, and neuroticism, and their fluctuations in those traits were synchronized too. Faith Hill, The Atlantic, 22 Feb. 2024 Conversely, high levels of neuroticism, characterized by emotional instability and anxiety, are common among doomscrollers. Mark Travers, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 People with traits like neuroticism and negative affect may be more likely to have a higher risk of dementia. Sherri Gordon, Health, 6 Dec. 2023 In the sitcom Seinfeld, George Costanza's character serves as a stand-in for show creator Larry David, possessing the best and worst of David's neuroticisms, anxieties, and questionable belief systems., 9 Nov. 2023 Conversely, high scores on negative traits like neuroticism and negative affect, along with low scores on positive traits (conscientiousness, extraversion, positive affect), were associated with a higher risk of dementia diagnosis. Sherri Gordon, Health, 6 Dec. 2023 Personality tools like the Big Five Inventory, a self-report scale used to measure the big five personality traits–openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism–can be used during the hiring process or in performance evaluations. Barnaby Lashbrooke, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023

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First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of neuroticism was in 1900

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“Neuroticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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neu·​rot·​i·​cism n(y)u̇-ˈrät-ə-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce neuroticism (audio)
: a neurotic character, condition, or trait

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