retrofuturist wrote:I'm not quite sure was you mean here. "Fitting in" better (socially?) would be a consideration for some, yet not for others, in greater or lesser degrees. Hence what I said... "I guess every individual would have their own reasons". I'm surprised such an open ended statement with such broad scope is responded to with a categorical "no", but so be it.
I mean that it is not a given that people see themselves as having a choice in these matters. Some people see themselves as having a choice, and some do not.
You, as an external observer, and with your specific self-efficacious, self-empowering, internal-locus-of-control, existentialist, autonmous vantage point, may perceive everyone as being an individual responsible for themselves.
But this vantage point is not a given. Not everyone has it. In fact, it is not clear how a person can attain to it, if they don't already have it.
retrofuturist wrote:Then why use the clinical term "neuroticism"?
Because, in Theravada Buddhism, many have been taught to see the "hindrances" as something that pertains only to meditation. Thus, to speak of neuroticism, makes it much clearer that it's something that can potentially apply at all times, regardless of the activity being undertaken.
Regardless of the origins of those beliefs, only the individual can be accountable for their present manifestation, and only the individual can do something about removing them. If someone chooses to be and play the victim, and abdocate responsibility, then that's their decision, ultimately.
Seeing those things as a choice already requires a very specific metaphysical framework.
Like I said above: the vantage point you're seeing things from is not a given. One of the reasons why Western psychology sees those core traits of personality as static is because Western psychology works with empirical data, and empirical data indicates that those traits don't change, at least not significantly. People who have an external locus of control, for example, tend to have an external locus of control their whole life.
A vantage point like yours would first need to be established, in order to overcome neuroticism etc.
I would love to see how such a vantage point can be established.
How a person can actually go from having an external locus of control to having an internal locus of control.
How a person can change their view from seeing themselves as a helpless victim of circumstance or other people, to seeing themselves as masters of their fate. Etc.
I think this is what it takes to overcome neuroticism.