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Neuroticism: Neuroticism in psychology is a personality trait characterized by emotional instability, anxiety, moodiness, worry, and sadness. Individuals high in neuroticism are more likely to experience feelings of anger, guilt, envy, and depression. They often respond poorly to stress and are prone to interpreting ordinary situations as threatening, which can affect their personal and professional relationships. See also Personality trais, Openness, Agreeablenss, Extraversion, Conscientiousness, Depression, Anxiety.
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Biological Theories on Neuroticism - Dictionary of Arguments

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Neuroticism/Biological Theories: Neuroticism seems to correspond well to the biological system governing withdrawal behaviour, anxiety and the detection of threat (e.g., Gray 1987(1); Watson, Wiese, Vaidya and Tellegen 1999(2); but see Smillie, Pickering and Jackson 2006(3), for an updated treatment of Gray’s theory (VsGray)).
>Personality traits
, >Fear, >Anxiety.

1. Gray, J. A. 1987. The psychobiology of fear and stress. Cambridge University Press
2. Watson, D., Wiese, D., Vaidya, J. and Tellegen, A. 1999. The two general activation systems of affect: structural findings, evolutionary considerations, and psychobiological evidence, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 76: 820–38
3. Smillie, L. D., Pickering, A. D. and Jackson, C. J. 2006. The new reinforcement sensitivity theory: implications for personality measurement, Personality and Social Psychology Review 10: 320–35


M. Brent Donnellan and Richard W. Robins, “The development of personality across the lifespan”, in: Corr, Ph. J. & Matthews, G. (eds.) 2009. The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press

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The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Biological Theories
Corr I
Philip J. Corr
Gerald Matthews
The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology New York 2009

Corr II
Philip J. Corr (Ed.)
Personality and Individual Differences - Revisiting the classical studies Singapore, Washington DC, Melbourne 2018


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