What Are Neurotic Personality Traits?

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Psychology Today states that neurotic personality traits include excessive worrying, emotional sensitivity, a strong reaction to stress, and irritability. Neurotic personalities form inadequate coping strategies to handle stress, which is often driven by fear and anxiety. Neurotic personality traits lead to neurotic behaviors and adaptations to the environment.

Psychology Today continues to explain that the neurotic traits lead to behaviors such as ritualized patterns. For example, a neurotic personality may form a nail biting, drinking, cleaning, hair pulling, or a binging-and-purging habit to cope with his anxieties. Another neurotic trait is to develop emotional dependencies or aversions to others that inhibit neurotic personalities from experiencing what it means to be human. Many neurotic personalities establish a rigid style for interpersonal communication, such as smiling when anxious or controlling social situations with loved ones, to ensure the relational needs are met for the neurotic person.

The Calm Clinic expands on the emotional states of neurotic personalities stating that most neurotic individuals possess one or more of the following traits: anxiety, envy, jealousy, guilt or depression. These traits are what cause a neurotic person to call colleagues after emailing them or to suspect a loved one of betrayal. The neurotic personality does not know how to manage the tension caused by the unknown.