neu·​rot·​i·​cism | \nu̇-ˈrä-tə-ˌsi-zəm, nyu̇-\

Definition of neuroticism 

: a neurotic character, condition, or trait

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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 One study examined neuroticism, considered a risk factor for a host of traits that can degrade the quality of life, including depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Studies Identify Key Genes for Intelligence, Depression, ADHD, and Autism," 25 June 2018 Past research suggests that women, on average, tend to score higher in neuroticism than men. Cari Romm, The Cut, "5 Ways Personality Changes in the First Year of Marriage," 25 May 2018 The test scores people on five traits – openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism – and was used in the election to predict the way a voter would respond to an advertisement. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "The personality traits that put you at risk for smartphone addiction, according to science," 10 Apr. 2018 And those with elevated neuroticism scores did the reverse, rating everything as bad. The Economist, "Personality predicts musical preference," 5 Apr. 2018

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neu·​rot·​i·​cism | \n(y)u̇-ˈrät-ə-ˌsiz-əm \

Medical Definition of neuroticism 

: a neurotic character, condition, or trait

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