"In the end, the psychologists and the students were in agreement that the emotionally healthy person possesses three particular traits:
"They are open to feelings, embrace positive emotions and are straightforward.
"They’re also low in neuroticism ― no big surprise there."
I have similar reactions as everyone here. The article seems to imply that anyone who doesn't embody these traits isn't as healthy; I say, screw that. The bigger problem I feel is when people feel less than adequate because they don't "measure up" -- articles like this feed into that. Particularly in regards to neuroticism. Also, the traits seem pretty generalized -- everyone has varying degrees, it's not all black and white.
@citronella READ THIS please. ....that's me direct not coy ....romantic not neurotic .....assertive not depressed .....VISIONARY not compartmentalizing empathic not insensitive .....trusting not suspicious ....giving not rapacious. ...rational NOT A BELIEVER. ...Atheist not agnostic
I am open to feelings, embrace positive emotions and am straightforward. But I have anxiety after being raped.
"Neuroticism is one of the higher-order personality traits in the study of psychology. Individuals who score high on neuroticism are more likely than average to be moody and to experience such feelings as anxiety, worry, fear, anger, frustration, envy, jealousy, guilt, depressed mood, and loneliness."
Always holding up some ideal, something to become, leaves so many feeling like this is a never ending struggle to achieve what the latest study says will make you happy, desirable, healthy... the ONE. Instead, why not truly embrace who we are? Accept that person as good and then bolstering our strengths? Perhaps working on some of the flaws but quit focusing on them.