We all know someone at work who’s neurotic. In fact, we might be that someone.
Either way, it’s likely no one talks about it.
Because, sadly, no one wants to put their hand up and say they’re neurotic. There’s a stigma associated with this trait – an assumption that someone who is neurotic is painful, unstable, dramatic and a lot of hard work.
There’s no doubt about it – neuroticism gets a bad rap. And that’s because neuroticism is known for its limitations, not its strengths.
But every personality trait, including neuroticism, has both limitations and strengths.
So, let’s look at the most known facets of neuroticism, and consider the “other side of the coin”:
Limitation: A tendency to anticipate and plan for the worst-case scenario
Strength: Conscientiousness and attention to detail; cautious, hyper-aware of potential risks.
Limitation: A tendency to be motivated by failure
Strength: Enthusiasm for getting things “right”, quality focus and a commitment to excellence.
Limitation: A tendency to react quickly to criticism or negative feedback
Strength: Empathetic, thoughtful, and attuned to the emotional needs of others.
Limitation: A tendency to feel intense feelings
Strength: Creative, innovative and open to finding new ways of doing things.
The key takeaways:
1. Personality is complex. There’s no good and bad, or right and wrong when it comes to who we are.
2. Each trait has limitations and strengths, and we need to understand both to bring out the best out in ourselves and each other.
3. We need to change the narrative about neuroticism, and start recognising its strengths. There’s a lot to be thankful for about this trait in work-life.
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