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July 15, 2015

Lack Of Imagination -- Neuroticism Declines with Age

Actually I don't really know "Neuroticism " even as an English word. I just take it to mean a combination of nervousness, paranoia and superstition.

I stumbled upon the Big Five of Personality- OCEAN : Openness to experience, Conscientiousness Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism, and had to look up on its technical definition.

Wikipedia defines it as

Neuroticism: (sensitive/nervous vs. secure/confident). The tendency to experience unpleasant emotions easily, such as anger, anxiety, depression, and vulnerability. Neuroticism also refers to the degree of emotional stability and impulse control and is sometimes referred to by its low pole, "emotional stability".

I read around on the web and found some articles claim that neuroticism declines with one's age.

Even Wikipedia claims in one article that

Males however, tend to gradually decrease in Neuroticism from childhood to adolescence into adulthood.

I don't want to call this lack of imagination or perspective.

I prefer to call this lack of experience or lack of memory/recall.

Haven't they seen old people, both genders, become more afraid of falls, strangers, loud noises, various real or imaginary ailments as they grow old?

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