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Neuroticism. What You Don’t Know.

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.


Why?


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”:


Worry

Limitation: A tendency to anticipate and plan for the worst-case scenario

Strength: Conscientiousness and attention to detail; cautious, hyper-aware of potential risks.


Perfectionism

Limitation: A tendency to be motivated by failure

Strength: Enthusiasm for getting things “right”, quality focus and a commitment to excellence.


Sensitivity

Limitation: A tendency to react quickly to criticism or negative feedback

Strength: Empathetic, thoughtful, and attuned to the emotional needs of others.


Emotionality

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.



Are you neurotic, or know someone who is? Grab a Neurotic Toteand celebrate this wonderful way of existing in the world!

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