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 dimensions are usually labeled extraversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness to experience. Bruce Rogers, Forbes, "PSYKHE Uses Personality Traits And AI To Build A Better Recommendation Engine," 27 Apr. 2021 Commercial data brokers, such as Experian and Aristotle, listed the ages of his children, linked to his wife’s profile, and scored his tendency to neuroticism, extroversion, and other personality traits. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "The Ad-Hoc Group of Activists and Academics Convening a “Real Facebook Oversight Board”," 15 Oct. 2020 The Big 5 are widely used metrics of personality, often referenced with the acronym OCEAN: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Popular Science, "What being a cat- or dog-person says about you," 7 Oct. 2020 In other words, those who have high neuroticism feel emotions very deeply, resulting in them crying more often. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "Why Do I Cry So Easily? Experts Break Down the Reasons Behind Your Tears," 9 Sep. 2020 Several studies link excessive crying with two characteristics: neuroticism, and empathy. Maureen Stanton, Longreads, "Through a Glass, Tearfully," 10 Aug. 2020 Meanwhile those with high neuroticism scores showed the opposite tendency. Francesca Gino, Scientific American, "Why Do People Avoid Facts That Could Help Them?," 16 June 2020 Using that data, the company assigned a score to each voter based on five established personality traits: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "These are the political ads Cambridge Analytica designed for you," 10 Jan. 2020 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

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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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