The word “neurotic” is often associated with feeling anxious, moody, and irritable, but as it turns out, healthy can be an equally fitting description.
People with neurotic personalities tend to worry and stress a lot. Those who show high conscientiousness, on the other hand, are determined to get things done — and do them well. So what do you get when you combine both personality traits? A “healthy neurotic”!
Here are three reasons why neuroticism and conscientiousness make the perfect pair, especially during hard times.
1. Healthy neurotics respond to their anxiety in more productive ways — and even use it as motivation!
Conscientious people tend to be more organized, diligent, and careful. Doing a good job is important to them, so even when they’re anxious, they use that stress to their advantage, motivating themselves to work harder in order to be successful.
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2. Healthy neurotics are more likely to take care of their health.
As natural worriers, healthy neurotics are more aware of the negative consequences of their actions, particularly when it comes to their health. Their conscientious side, in turn, fuels them to take care of themselves. That’s why they’re more likely to maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, and avoid smoking.
3. Healthy neurotics cope with threats more constructively.
People who are prone to anxiousness take threats more seriously, especially amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. With the risk of catching COVID-19 in the back of their minds, they’re more likely to follow prevention guidelines, including wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and avoiding unnecessary trips in public.
What’s more, researchers studying feelings of helplessness caused by the pandemic found that people with high neuroticism recovered their sense of autonomy faster! In short, they are coping better than people who aren’t neurotic.
Who knew worrying could be such a good thing? It just goes to show that the way we react to anxiety can make a huge difference in our well-being!
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