The Psychology Of Neurotic People

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When describing his problem-solving method, Sir Isaac Newton once said, “I keep the subject constantly before me, and wait till the first dawnings open slowly, by little and little, into a full and clear light”. By constantly obsessing over his ideas, Newton was able to reach creative solutions. Recently, it has been discovered that there may be a correlation between creativity and neurosis, a personality trait associated with worry, anxiety, and isolation. People with neuroticism “tend to have negative thoughts and feelings of all types, struggle to cope with dangerous jobs, and are more likely to experience psychiatric disorders” (Perkins 2015). The tendency to dwell on things can be a source of creativity and problem-solving for some…show more content…
Neurotic people have a magnified perception of threat and become panicked quicker and easier than the average person. They have these tendencies because of what is occurring in their brains. They show high levels of activation in the medial prefrontal cortex region of the brain, which is involved in the appraisal of threat. They also have sensitive amygdalae, the almond-shaped brain structures involved in processing fear and anxiety (Pappas 2015). Together, these give neurotic people an internal threat generator that can cause them to feel as if they are under threat even in a neutral environment. Further, this causes them to imagine problems that do not exist. Their brains are creating their own threats due to the functions of their brains. Neurotic people not only invent problems, but they also tend to become very stressed by them (Pappas 2015). They create scenarios in their heads that, despite being imagined, present a threat to them and cause them to panic. Neurotic people experience intense negative emotions even when there is no threat present. These self-generated thoughts are similar to daydreams because they are completely imagined (Khazan 2015). This thought-generating network is usually difficult for them to turn off, which makes them more prone to overthinking, dwelling and mulling over problems - real and imagined. This constant
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