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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Recent Examples on the Web The same fiddle leaf fig that suggests neuroticism can also imply you're extraverted. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Dec. 2021 About 80 percent of differences in height among adults, 40 percent of differences in blood pressure, 50 percent of differences in IQ and 40 percent of differences in neuroticism are due to genetic variation. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 David, his cantankerous neuroticism in overdrive, is still a master of the wince-laugh. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 25 Oct. 2021 Studies have used language analysis to detect suicidal thoughts, depression, neuroticism and cognitive impairment. Laura Landro, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 According to the authors, people who exhibit Impostor Syndrome tend to have low self-esteem and a high degree of neuroticism. Mark Travers, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Harden works in the field of behavior genetics, which investigates the influence of genes on character traits (neuroticism, agreeableness) and life outcomes (educational attainment, income, criminality). Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 These dimensions—openness to experience, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism—are viewed as representing the basic dimensions of personality. Frank Luerweg, Scientific American, 14 Mar. 2019 People with high levels of neuroticism, a personality trait that increases susceptibility to mental illness, are also likely to be at high risk. Brian Barnett, Scientific American, 10 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of neuroticism

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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