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Psychological & Social Character Traits

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by Roy Posner

Human personality/character traits can be divided by those that are inner, psychological; and those that are more outer-oriented, i.e. social. They can be further divided positively and negatively. Here then are a number of traits expressing this scheme:

PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAITS
(inward focused)
Positive Negative
accepts what's given ignores, rejects what's given
aspiring, ambitious, motivated self-satisfied, unmotivated
change; accepts, embraces- rejects change
cheerful cheerless, gloomy, sour, grumpy
courageous cowering, fearful
decisive indecisive
determined indecisive, unsure
does what is necessary, right does what is convenient
perseveres, endures relents, gives up
enthusiastic unenthusiastic, apathetic, indifferent
expansive kept back, tight, constricting
faith in life life can't be trusted
faith in oneself lack of faith in self
flexible inflexible, rigid, unbending, stubborn
focused unfocused, scattered
frugal, thrifty wasteful, spendthrift
grateful ungrateful, unappreciative
hard-working lazy
interested indifferent, uncaring
involved complacent, indifferent
mature immature
modest vain
open-minded, tolerant narrow, close, small-minded, intolerant
optimistic pessimistic
perfects  allows imperfection
persistent, sustaining flagging, fleeting, unsustaining
positive negative
practical impractical, not viable
punctual late, not on time
realistic naive, impractical
reliable unreliable, undependable
responsibility; takes- blames others
responsible unreliable, undependable
responsive unresponsive, unreceptive
self-confident lack of self confidence, insecure
self-directed directed by externals 
self-disciplined undisciplined, unrestrained, indulgent
self-esteem, high self-esteem, confidence - low
self-reliant dependent
serious silly, trivial, petty
systematic unsystematic, disorganized, disorderly, randoms
unpretentious pretentious, affected, ostentatious

 



 

SOCIAL TRAITS
(outer focused)
Positive Negative
accepts authority, loyal, devoted rebellious
affectionate distant, cold, aloof
candid closed, guarded, secretive
caring uncaring, unfeeling, callous
considerate, thoughtful inconsiderate, thoughtless
cooperative uncooperative, unhelpful, combative
courteous rude, impolite
devoted uncommitted, uncaring, hostile
faith in others others can't be relied on
forgiving unforgiving, resentful, spiteful
freedom given to others authoritarian, controlling
friendly unfriendly, distant, aloof, hostile
generous stingy, miserly, selfish
goodwill ill-will, malice, hatred
grateful ungrateful, unappreciative
honest dishonest, deceiving, lying
humble arrogant, conceited, ego-centric
interested indifferent, uncaring
involved complacent, indifferent
jealous, not jealous, envious, covetous
kind unkind, uncaring, cruel, mean
open-minded, tolerant narrow, close, small-minded, intolerant
reliable unreliable, undependable
respectful disrespectful, rude, impolite
responsibility; takes- blames others
responsible unreliable, undependable
responsive unresponsive, unreceptive
self-directed directed by externals 
self-giving self-centered
self-reliant dependent
selfless selfish
sensitive Insensitive, indifferent
sincere insincere, dishonest
social independence social approval required
sympathetic unsympathetic, unfeeling
takes others point of view insists on own view
thoughtful towards others thoughtless, inconsiderate, callous
trusting suspicious, mistrusting
unselfish selfish
willing does, willingness unwilling, reluctant, recalcitrant
work-oriented convenience first

last modified: 2/7/10. 

 



 

Related Topics:

-To see a list of many human character traits divided into attitudes, capacities, skills, and endowments, expressed positively and negatively, click here.

-To see traits that are the keys to accomplishment and personal growth, click here.

-To see traits that express within the three main divisions of our being -- physical, vital, and mental -- click here.


 

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