All About Neuroticism

Self-deprecating comedians and complainers wear their neuroticism as a badge of honor. In truth, the negatively biased are more prone to depression, anxiety, self-consciousness and hypochondria, to name just a few behavioral tripwires. Neuroticism is no fun for anyone. The good news: all personality traits, including emotional instability, exist on a continuum, in this case from the very neurotic to the implacably stable. If you can laugh at your hang-ups, you're probably not that neurotic to begin with.

Recent Posts on Neuroticism

An OCEAN Far Away: Big 5 Personality Factors in Star Wars

Which Star characters characters are the most open to experience while others are set in their ways? Who's the most conscientious or lackadaisy? Who are the extraverts, who's most agreeable, and who's most neurotic? Help rate the characters in order to find out together.

Who Was George Washington?

By Gregg Henriques on February 22, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
An analysis of George Washington's character and relational strivings on what would have been his 283rd birthday.

He Who Loves Will Be Conditioned to Show it

Love is not a disposition but it can occur below conscious awareness.

The Tug-of-War Between Passion and Security

By Gregg Levoy on February 17, 2015 in Passion!
In the contest between passion and security, security tends to win, but passion doesn't keep quiet about it. Here's how to manage the conflict between them.

Personality Traits of BDSM Practitioners: Another Look

A recent study provides some new insights into the personality traits of dominant and submissive BDSM practitioners. Dominant practitioners seem to be more calm and have a greater desire for control, while submissive ones may be more emotional and introverted. Some questions remain about how these findings compare to previous studies into this fascinating world.

What Do Your Tweets Reveal About You?

It makes sense that we could tell something about someone’s political leanings based on their Twitter rants, but can we tell more about a person from their tweets?

How Big are Psychological Sex Differences?

By David P Schmitt Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 in Sexual Personalities
Are Men and Women Psychologically Different?

What Is Mindfulness and How Does It Work?

By Gregg Henriques on February 06, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
Mindfulness is one of the most important developments in mental health in the past twenty years. Understand what it is and how it works.

The Surprising Psychology of BDSM

‘Fifty Shades’ piqued your curiosity? Answers to five kinky questions.

What Does Your Avatar Say About You?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 05, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
A lot of websites give you the chance to represent yourself with an avatar rather than a picture of yourself. Avatars are often cartoon-y pictures with facial features, clothing, and accessories that allow you to personalize your picture. The avatar you select can influence the way people interact with you.

Do Opposites Attract?... It Depends on How They Interact

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in Close Encounters
We've all heard how “opposites attract”, even though we’re also told “birds of a feather flock together”. The relative truth of each of these adages depends on the specific traits where we're similar or dissimilar to our partners, and more importantly on which traits we express when we actually interact with each other.

What Your Emotions Are Really Telling You, If You'll Listen

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in Curious?
Get access to one of the newer topics in psychology - emotion differentiation, clarity, and complexity. Life is more than whether we feel negative or positive emotions, it is about how we describe, label, understand, regulate, and use these emotions.

Women Who Don't Orgasm

By Sari Cooper L.C.S.W. on January 28, 2015 in Sex Esteem
Many women profess being satisfied in sexual, but orgasm-less relationships. What's going on behind this trend?

3 Things Being A Cat Person or Dog Person Reveals About You

By Peg Streep on January 19, 2015 in Tech Support
Does knowing whether someone prefers cats to dogs or dogs to cats give you insight into who they are? Should you be asking about pets when you choose a doctor or lawyer, or hire a realtor or a nanny? Here's what science knows.... and you should too.

Who Uses Their Head and Who Listens to Their Heart?

Whether a person identifies with their head or their heart can say a lot about their personality. Are people in their heads really smarter than those in their hearts? The head/heart distinction might reveal something about how personality and intelligence are related. Shifting a person's attention between the head or the heart might change the way they think and behave.

Is There a Single Dimension of Mental Illness?

A new study finds evidence for a “p factor” that cuts across a wide number of different psychiatric diagnoses.

Computers Judge Personality Better Than People Do

By Matthew Hutson on January 12, 2015 in Psyched!
New research shows that a simple algorithm adding up your Facebook Likes can actually assess your soul better than your soulmate can.

Loneliness, Chronic Illness, and Growing Older

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on January 12, 2015 in Media Spotlight
A new research study published in the journal Health Psychology presents the results of an eight-year longitudinal study looking at the link between chronic illness and feelings of loneliness in older adults. Not surprisingly, chronic loneliness was highest for older adults with a history of health problems. How can they learn to cope with feeling isolated?

Does Your Personality Predispose You to the Winter Blues?

With winter in the northern climes comes an increase in the risk of developing Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Short of a diagnosable disorder, others experience the winter blues. As it turns out, it’s not only the cold or the reduction in daylight but personality may also play a key role.

Well-being in College Students

By Gregg Henriques on January 09, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
Some data on college student well-being. Not surprisingly, symptoms of anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation were strongly inversely related to well-being. Napping was also. Binge drinking frequency was not related at all. The research demonstrates the utility of thinking about mental health in terms of well-being rather than disease-like mental disorders

The Key to Getting Ahead? It's Not About You.

By Art Markman Ph.D. on January 09, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
Most of us have heard some version of the saying “Behind every successful man is a great woman.” This quote highlights that people get accolades for their success in the workplace, but most people who achieve greatness in the workplace need people who support their personal lives.

Can Personality Help You Live Longer?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on January 05, 2015 in Media Spotlight
One of the main traits in the Five Factor Model of Personality, conscientiousness is linked to goal direction and being less likely to give in to spontaneous impulses. That can be important when it comes to sticking to a regular exercise schedule or diet as well as avoiding unhealthy lifestyle choices such as drinking or smoking. But can it help you live longer?

Do Opposites Really Attract? It's Complicated.

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on December 29, 2014 in Head Games
Opposites attract, and likes repel. When it comes to magnetism, this principle is axiomatic. But does it also hold true for romantic relationships? New research suggests that when it comes to matters of the heart, well, it's complicated.

Envy-Empathy: Gifts Within Human Neurocircuitry

Malignant envy is wild desire, what in Eastern perspectives is believed to be responsible for suffering. When envy is modulated and matured, it empowers life positive impulses facilitating knowing, emulation, learning, admiration, feelings of gratitude, and empathy, that is, understanding, respect, and compassion for self and others.

How Mad was Hitler?

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on December 20, 2014 in Evil Deeds
What do we really know about Hitler's personality? Today, in a troubled world of political and religious leaders like the late Osama bin Laden, messianic ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and enigmatic North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, it is more important than ever to understand the underlying psychology of such dangerous individuals.

Love Freely

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on December 15, 2014 in Your Wise Brain
Compassion, empathy, kindness, friendship, cooperation, and generosity are all in our nature, woven into the DNA of the most social - and most loving - species on the planet. Love is a natural wellspring inside us all. It doesn't need to be pushed or pumped. It needs to be released.

Why Does Having a Positive Attitude Keep You Healthier?

By Christopher Bergland on December 13, 2014 in The Athlete's Way
For the first time, a December 2014 study has found that laughing gas (nitrous oxide) shows promise for helping symptoms of treatment-resistant depression.

Do Personality Traits and Values Form a Coherent Whole?

Personality psychologists are currently attempting to create more comprehensive theories that integrate many different components of personality. According to Life History Theory there is a general factor of personality that combines all personality traits in a specific way. However, attempting to integrate personal values with traits poses problems for this model.

How Your Partner's Personality Impacts Your Career Success

By Sian Beilock Ph.D. on December 03, 2014 in Choke
There is no question that your choice of spouse has a big impact on your life. New research shows that your spouse’s personality also affects your own job satisfaction, pay grade and likelihood of advancement.

Why Are There So Few Minorities in Management?

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on November 30, 2014 in Diverse and Competitive
How you hire and promote employees may make a difference