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Neuroticism is one of the dimensions of the Big Five personality model that measures different personality traits. Individuals who score high on the scale of neuroticism are more likely to experience negative emotions such as anxiety or fear, and these individuals are prone to lacking adaptive coping skills when dealing with stressors (Widiger, 2009). Another method to better appreciate differences in personality is known as the Behavioral Inhibition/Behavioral Activation System (BIS/BAS). Higher BIS scores are associated with increased sensitivity to punishments and increased experience of negative emotions such as anxiety and guilt (Carver &White, 1994). The relationship between neuroticism and BIS sensitivity was investigated in this study. My hypothesis was that individuals who score higher on neuroticism will also have greater BIS sensitivity. A Pearson correlation was performed using Neuroticism ad BIS data and a significant relationship was uncovered, r(112)=0.68, p

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Fall 12-1-2012


behavioral inhibition system, big five personality factors, neuroticism



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The Relationship Between Behavioral Inhibition System Sensitivity and Neuroticism

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