People with Mental Health Issues’ Personality Profiles

The personality traits of people with mental health issues differ significantly from those of healthy people. This is frequently the case when personality traits alter when a person’s mood, anxiety, or other illness is addressed.

The “Big Five” features, which comprise neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to experience, are among the most well-known and often employed personality models. Given that they have been connected to several psychopathological problems, these dimensions can be valuable tools for detecting the personality profiles of drug users.

Understanding the psychological profiles of people with mental health illnesses requires a knowledge of the personality attribute neuroticism. High levels of neuroticism are associated with various unpleasant feelings and symptoms, including anxiety, self-doubt, sadness, and rage.

The Big Five or five-factor model’s primary general personality domains include neuroticism2. It has been demonstrated that it is inherited, temporally stable, and pervasive in human populations.

High levels of neuroticism increase the likelihood of long-lasting unpleasant emotional states, inadequate environmental distress response, frightening interpretation of everyday events, and the perception of modest suffering as excessively overpowering. Moreover, they are more likely to show exaggerated dread and self-consciousness and have higher degrees of irritation and anxiety.

How you interact with the outside world depends on your extraversion personality feature. Extraverted people are friendly, conversational, outgoing, and stimulated by social connections.

Large social gatherings may sap the energies of those with low levels of extraversion. Alternatively, they could like staying home with a select group of close friends and discovering new interests.

Even if they are introverted, people have been observed to acquire extroverted qualities when achieving objectives. They frequently attempt to make new acquaintances, depart from their usual behavior, or seize the initiative and assume leadership.

Agreeability is one of the five “super” personality traits linked to a more vital ability to get along with people. Also, it increases empathy and comprehension of other people’s emotions.

Yet, agreeableness may be a symptom of a mental illness like bipolar disorder or autism. These situations make people less cooperative, sympathetic, and maybe even untrustworthy.

Being agreeable is a complicated attribute that may be influenced by both heredity and individual circumstances. For example, a spiritual person or someone who has overcome obstacles in their life may be more amiable.

A strong conscience is an essential personality attribute that helps people make choices based on compassion and understanding. It displays a basic moral intuition and is one of psychology’s most prevalent and well-respected personality qualities.

Those with high conscientiousness are well-organized, disciplined, and focused. Also, they are more inclined to prioritize their physical well-being, which can promote excellent mental and general health.

Conversely, those with poor conscientiousness are more inclined to act on impulse without considering the repercussions. When choosing what to eat or drink, this might be an issue. It can also result in bad habits that harm their physical and mental health.

Being receptive to new ideas and experiences is referred to as having an openness to experience as a personality feature. This characteristic is one of the Big 5’s five fundamental personality traits that influence behavior.

Those open to new experiences are curious, love trying new things, and are interested in learning about various viewpoints. Also, they are more sensitive to their inner sensations than those with poor openness.

The nature-nurture debate in psychology is frequently referred to as this attribute since genetic and environmental influences impact it. This argument centers on whether a person’s psychological characteristics are mostly inherited or influenced by their upbringing and life experiences.



Tim Dupell has devoted his professional life to providing mental health professionals with the benefit of his knowledge, connections, and enthusiasm.

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Tim Dupell

Tim Dupell has devoted his professional life to providing mental health professionals with the benefit of his knowledge, connections, and enthusiasm.