We hear the term “neuroticism” used all the time, especially between friends, loved ones, and when discussing other people. What exactly does it mean? Why is it used so much, and is it being used correctly? Neuroticism is characterized by an individual’s tendency to experience negative emotions, particularly in response to stress. People who are described as having trait neuroticism find it more difficult to recover from stressful situations and their emotional response system is more easily triggered. There are millions of people throughout the world who could be considered “neurotic,” but it’s better to get a full understanding of how neuroticism works and how it affects people before we so quickly label those around us with it.

A Closer Look at Neuroticism

Those who have neuroticism tend to view past, present, and future events in a more anxious, negative light, but not necessarily by choice. We’re all wired differently, and certain genetic, environmental and health factors can play an important role as to whether or not a person experiences neuroticism. In many cases, it’s about exploring how neuroticism is experienced by the person. Research has discovered four main aspects of neuroticism that can be identified:

  • Sensitivity: how easy the emotional response system can be triggered.
  • Frequency: how often a person’s emotional response system is activated.
  • Intensity: how strong a person’s negative affect response is.
  • Duration: how long a person’s response system is activated and how difficult it is to recoup and become relax after that.

Neuroticism can be experienced by anyone and in a number of different ways. Most people discover that they’ve been battling with it when a major event in their lives causes them to realize what’s been happening. The first step is to seek out a diagnosis from a healthcare professional in order to rule out any mental illnesses and to check for substance abuse problems as well.

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