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Under Physiology I changed "substantial" in "Behavioral genetics researchers have found that a substantial portion of the variability on measures of neuroticism can be attributed to genetic factors" to "significant" because the paper cited says "significant". Statistically significant means there is likely to be a correlation, though the effect size could be (and in this case is) minimal. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Anthonyhcole (talkcontribs) 16:14, 14 November 2009 (UTC)


This article does not explain what internalizing means, it is a rare term and I have no idea of it's definition. Can anyone clear this up? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:43, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

I've inserted a link. That should be better than nothing. --JorisvS (talk) 22:52, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

Neutral point of view?[edit]

As the article points out toward the end, personality traits like neuroticism follow a normal distribution. Presumably, some degree of the trait is beneficial to the individual (or at least to the population), or selection pressure would move it rapidly out of existence.

However, most of this article focuses on the negative aspects of neuroticism and uses words like "anxiety, moodiness, worry, envy and jealousy" that (to my ear) carry strong value judgments. This only reinforces the non-psychology concept of the word 'neurotic'. To counterbalance that, I would like to know about the advantages of higher-than-average neuroticism and the disadvantages of extremely low neuroticism. Perhaps a sufficient amount helps in avoiding threats and errors, and too little results in unrealistic optimism?

If, on the other hand, if there is no such thing as "too little neuroticism" and the trait is disadvantageous in any amount in every human culture, that would also be interesting information. (talk) 04:52, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

There's a large section on the positive benefits, in the article on Negative affectivity, which corresponds very closely to neuroticism. IamNotU (talk) 16:29, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

Copyright problem removed[edit]

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reverted edit by 17:50, 4 December 2013[edit]

There were insurmountable problems with unverifiable content in the edit (original research, personal opinions, and speculation). I wasn't able to repair it, so I just removed it. If you want to add any of it back, please make sure it's verifiable and supported with citations, thanks. IamNotU (talk) 00:09, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Citation for the paragraph on sex differences[edit]

The paragraph on sex differences in neuroticism has been tagged as it is missing a citation. After a quick online search I am assuming the article which is being referred is titled "Why can't a man be more like a woman? Sex differences in Big Five personality traits across 55 cultures" by Schmitt and colleagues. The citation is:

Why can't a man be more like a woman? Sex differences in Big Five personality traits across 55 cultures. Schmitt, David P.; Realo, Anu; Voracek, Martin; Allik, Jüri Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 94(1), Jan 2008, 168-182. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.94.1.168

It is available for download here [1]. As I am new to Wikipedia editing I'm not familiar with the editing tools. Someone can just remove the tags and add the article to the reference list. — Preceding unsigned comment added by AbuZabi (talkcontribs) 04:32, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for pointing out the overkill in tagging this paragraph. The tags added to this paragraph by another editor were excessive in number and unnecessary. There is already a citation to the article you refer to in the paragraph. I think it is very clear that the words "this study" are referring to the citation given, since it is the sole reference present. Hence there is no need for tags saying "which study" in every sentence when it is obvious which one is being referred to. My understanding of referencing conventions is that it is not necessary to cite the same source in every sentence in the same paragraph, as one citation per paragraph is sufficient, as long as there is no ambiguity. Furthermore, because the reference is properly cited, it already appears in the reference list (the software takes care of this when the proper template is used).--Smcg8374 (talk) 05:46, 9 April 2014 (UTC)