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People with the healthiest personality types have these three qualities

"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."


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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.

bleurowz Level 8 Dec 25, 2018

@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 not rapacious. ...rational NOT A BELIEVER. ...Atheist not agnostic


And then there's this.


I prefer this one. This is me smile002.gif

@MsDemeanour Me too!


With the exception of routinely employing the full vulgar spectrum of my vocabulary, I fall within those parameters.


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."

Most sorry (literally tears in my eyes) you experienced that life changing event. I know many who carry deep emotional scars from similar events.


By that definition most of those peopple who are mentallly/developmentally disabled qualify. I agree.


Welp, I'm screwed.

Paul4747 Level 7 Dec 20, 2018


hippydog Level 7 Dec 20, 2018

That was only two.

godef Level 7 Dec 20, 2018

Only Three?

MrTallman Level 7 Dec 20, 2018

I agree with the authors, and feel like the changes in my life are quite representative of choosing those qualities just because they seem to work. Seems like I tried everything else under the sun first.

alliwant Level 6 Dec 20, 2018

Choosing your actions and positive vibes works.


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.

Seeker3CO Level 8 Dec 20, 2018

I think the Indigo Girls addressed this whole "perfecting the self" crap in Closer To Fine.


Sounds like me...smile001.gif


I admire George Costanza's (read Larry David's) neuroticism, although I am not neurotic myself.

Skeptic66 Level 7 Dec 20, 2018

Good time, not long time.


I will just settle for who I am. No labels. No borders.

GuyKeith Level 8 Dec 20, 2018
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