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Pacific Standard Magazine - What Makes You Neurotic?

A couple of years ago, New York Times reporter Benedict Carey suggested Americans might be more neurotic than ever. The nebbish, anxious persona Woody Allen perfected has lost its prominence in our culture, but it hasn’t disappeared, he argued. It has just become the new normal.


Now, a studyled by Texas Tech University’s Molly Ireland has shed some new light on the hard-to-pin-down characteristic. Apparently, neurotics really just don’t like doing things.

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