Neuroticism is one of the Big Five higher-order personality traits in the study of psychology. Those who score high in neuroticism are generally prone to anxiety, sadness, worry, fear, anger, frustration, jealousy, guilt, depressed mood and loneliness. They may be temperamental or easily angered, and they tend to be self-conscious and unsure of themselves. Individuals who score on the low end of neuroticism are more likely to feel confident, sure of themselves, and adventurous. They may also be brave and unencumbered by worry or self-doubt.
The common traits associated with neuroticism are;
Lack of confidence
Neuroticism may have provided evolutionary advantages, as well—paying more attention to negative outcomes or risks could have helped certain early humans survive. In the present day, however, it may be a better choice to laugh at one's hang-ups rather than run away from them.
How To Deal With Neuroticism
For someone who is highly neurotic, it’s easy to feel trapped by maladaptive thought patterns and to struggle with depression or anxiety, both of which are more likely to occur in highly neurotic individuals.
Whether an individual actually becomes less neurotic over time or not, there are steps one can take to better cope with neuroticism, such as engaging in cognitive behavioral therapy or practicing mindfulness.