High or Low in Neuroticism
The Big Five utilizes a combination of five personality traits to assess an individual’s personality: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. An easy way to remember the five traits is through the acronym OCEAN. Everyone has a different amount of each of these traits; rather than saying people either possess a trait or don’t, the Big Five test notes that each person ranges on a spectrum between the two extremes.
The Neuroticism trait is a measure of a person’s emotional stability and self-confidence. Those who rank higher in neuroticism tend be more easily upset and less comfortable with themselves. Those who rank lower in neuroticism tend to be more secure and evenly tempered.
People high in Neuroticism tend to…
People low in Neuroticism tend to…
When someone scores higher in this category, they are more likely to be sensitive, shy, and pessimistic. They are naturally nervous and may have a difficult time in less predictable situations. Neuroticism usually leads to higher levels of stress and worry.
Be supportive and encouraging; offer help, when needed, and understand the hardship they may be experiencing.
People who are higher in neuroticism tend to do well in environments that offer them safety and security, while allowing them space to breathe and express themselves.
Potential job ideas for those who rank higher in this area are:
The Big Five embraces five very different personality traits, and each person has a different combination of each. It’s important to note that potential jobs for people who are higher in neuroticism could vary if the person has an additional strong trait.
When someone is lower in this trait, they tend to be more relaxed and easy-going. They are generally more adventurous and confident and adapt easily to change. Being low in Neuroticism means they are more naturally geared toward being positive and at peace.
Be open and communicate clearly; remain positive and upbeat, encouraging them to spread their positive thinking.
Those who are experience less stress and worry tend to do a good well in crises. They thrive in environments that offer new experiences and utilize their stable, composed temperament.
Potential job ideas for those who rank lower in this area are:
Each person is different and has a unique blend of the Big Five traits. Potential jobs will differ if some decide to pursue a career that favors a different personal attribute.