Implication of core beliefs about negative-self in neuroticism

Int J Psychiatry Clin Pract. 2020 Sep;24(3):278-283. doi: 10.1080/13651501.2020.1764586. Epub 2020 May 13.


Objective: Core beliefs about negative-self are beliefs about self-deficiencies in basic aspects of human adaptation. Meanwhile, neuroticism is a personality trait characterised by negative emotionality, i.e., a tendency to react to stress with negative emotions. The present study tested the hypothesis that core beliefs about negative-self are implicated in neuroticism.Methods: The subjects were 309 Japanese healthy volunteers. Core beliefs about negative-self were evaluated by the Brief Core Schema Scales, and neuroticism was evaluated by the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised.Results: In both multiple regression analysis and structural equation modelling, higher neuroticism was strongly predicted by higher levels of core beliefs about negative-self.Limitations: The present study cannot determine the causal relationship between core beliefs about negative-self and neuroticism, because of its cross sectional design.Conclusions: The present study suggests that core beliefs about negative-self are deeply implicated in neuroticism.Key PointsImplication of core beliefs about negative-self in neuroticism was examined.Neuroticism was predicted by higher levels of these core beliefs.These core beliefs may be involved in negative emotionality of neuroticism.

Keywords: BCSS; Core belief; NEO PI-R; negative-self; neuroticism.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Emotions / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Neuroticism*
  • Personality Inventory
  • Self Concept*