The term neurotic has got a sour taste in the minds of many. The word is normally seen as an insult rather than a descriptor that it actually is. Each one of us has got a unique way of dealing with stress or anxious thoughts. However, there are mechanisms that when used continuously end up become damaging and exhausting to the mental health. Neurotic behavior is not actually a behavior but a personality trait. This trait is associated with anxiety, anger, envy, and guilt, and also widely varies from one individual to another. Since is a trait, it cannot really be diagnosed but it can cause more problems both mentally and physically.
It is common for people with neurotic behavior not being aware that they are neurotic. Someone may portray certain neuroses, while others are more neurotic. With some neurotic behavior, you may frustrate the ones around you without you actually being aware. But how do you know that you are neurotic? Are you really neurotic? Before determining the answer to these questions, we sampled out the top five examples of neurotic behavior though here are some other examples.
1. Negative emotional response to stress
Persons with neurotic behavior are prone to ‘mood swings’. When faced with stress or pressure, they respond with anxiety, moodiness, and other negative responses emotionally. Occurrences that causes stress to us can either be good or bad but yet one can choose to always respond negatively always. For example, the doorman just placing your package on the doorstep without calling for attention does not necessarily call for a negative response.
2. High-stress trigger
While it is normal to get stressed in our day to day lives, neurotic people are more likely to respond emotionally to little things, a character coined to as ‘high-emotional reactivity’. You see, it is normal to be stressed, but the degree of stress is an issue and can be a sign that one is not managing stress well.
3. High sensitivity
Emotional reactivity to small things is also a sign of neurotic behavior. Harming you fingers, arriving late for a meeting, or spilling food may have been under your control but there’s no need for it to ruin your day. At least, forgive yourself.
4. Frequent worries
Since people with neurotic behaviors are stressed easily, and highly bothered with very minor problems, constant worry becomes a norm. This behavior can be displayed, for example, with a person thinking that he/she is sick while being actually healthy. Also, such a person can worry so much about germs. This can make the person highly concerned about cleanness due to worry of contracting germs.
5. Signs of depression or anxiety
Being with neurotic behavior is not a clear guarantee that one will face depression or anxiety but there is a solid connection with it. People with neurotic behavior, studies show, are more prone to abusing drugs, anxiety, and depression.