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Everyone has periods in their life where they can feel down and negative. It could be because of their current situation, their mental health, or their lack of motivation and inspiration for the time. During these moments, finding helpful affirmations and support from friends and family can be the tools that help to regain confidence and focus.
For others, though, there can be underlying mental health conditions that affect their ability to come out of a negative mindset. When you have a personality trait that influences your level of emotional stability, like neuroticism, it’s important to find the support you need to reduce the challenges it may bring to your life.
For more information on assessing your symptoms to determine if you have neuroticism, you can reach out to online mental health resources, like BetterHelp.
What Is Neuroticism?
Neuroticism is generally characterized as a negative personality trait associated with high levels of anxiety, cynicism, and timidness. Like many mental health conditions, it can vary in severity, but neurotic people are commonly seen as having a critical or negative mentality. As such, this can affect their daily lives if they don’t have the proper support, treatment, and coping mechanisms.
People that have high levels of neuroticism typically live with emotional instability, which can affect their behavior and mental health. While they’re more likely to be affected by anxiety and depression, it’s important to note that this can be treated with the help of a mental health care professional. Because they’re more likely to regularly feel negative and, as a result, overwhelmed, it’s crucial to develop healthy coping mechanisms early on.
On the other hand, it’s important to remember that these negative thoughts can also be seen as strength under difficult circumstances. While these individuals typically “plan for failure”, their habit of paying attention to risks or negative outcomes helps them anticipate difficulties.
Through this, they can build coping strategies to prepare for a more positive outcome; they’re often more likely to continue moving forward if the situation results in the negative outcome they anticipated.
Neuroticism can influence relationships and affect how a person interacts with others in their life. This could mean they experience more conflict, misunderstandings, and have a lower tolerance for annoying or difficult situations. A person with neuroticism may seem more critical and dependent, constantly needing reassurance and making small issues into larger problems.
However, with guidance from mental health care professionals and encouragement from a support system, neurotic people can develop problem-solving skills that become a positive influence.
They can become an asset to projects and work goals through their ability to find solutions to challenges or complications in a section. These individuals can also develop great communication skills that encourage honesty and transparency to reduce miscommunication and misunderstandings.
While neurotic individuals may initially come off as annoying or unreliable, they can learn to use their diagnosis as a strength. Because they have to learn how to cope with a lower tolerance to stress, they’re able to provide guidance to their friends and family members that are struggling with challenges they work through on a daily basis. These individuals are also more detail-oriented and can be very creative and talented in their field or interests.
Perspective Of Achievements
Many people that have a neurotic personality are often more successful in the pursuit of their academics and career. However, it can be difficult for them to feel a sense of accomplishment from these achievements. Because they’re focused on the potential negative outcomes, a positive result can be seen as a happy accident rather than a realistic result of their hard work and preparation.
Achievements in their academic studies and job success aren’t necessarily going to bring them the same kinds of satisfaction that others would typically feel in these situations. For many people, though, they can instead turn this into a challenge to continue in their pursuits. While neurotic individuals are generally cynical of achievements, they can instead find ways to use these successes to their advantage, even if they don’t receive a typical satisfaction response.
It’s important for colleagues, friends, and family members to understand that a person with any severity of neuroticism may not respond in a way they consider “typical” when it comes to success. However, this isn’t to say they aren’t pleased with the outcome or proud of others for their achievements.
Rather, their mind is focused on other aspects; especially when it comes to their own achievements, they may spend more time focusing on how they could have done things better or perfected their routine for a streamlined system.
Continuing To Understand Neuroticism
As with many mental health conditions, neuroticism is a trait that researchers are still learning about. While there are effective treatments and strategies to assist individuals with neuroticism, it’s important to continue learning and understanding the condition. If you or a loved one experiences symptoms of neuroticism, there are many ways to use these personality traits as strengths.