List Of 600 Personality Traits
If someone asked you to describe your own personality, could you do it?
It's hard to have a true perspective on your own personality traits and how you express them in the world.
If you've never taken a personality test or read much about your personality type, you probably rely on the feedback you've heard about yourself from others.
“He's really outgoing.”
“She can be argumentative.”
“He's always uptight.”
“She has such calm demeanor.”
We take these descriptions and use them to help us craft what we believe to be our “personality.” Also, over time we learn things about ourselves — our preferences, how we behave in certain situations, and how we interact with others.
If we pay attention to our words and actions, we can assimilate and recognize more qualities that make up our personalities.
In general, personality consists of the recurring patterns of thoughts, emotions, characteristics, and behaviors that make a person unique.
It arises from within each individual and remains fairly consistent and permanent throughout life. Research suggests that personality is also influenced by biological processes and needs.
There are a number of theories about how our personalities develop, including type theories (like the Myers Briggs type) and trait theories.
The trait theory suggests that individual personalities are made up of broad dispositions, and many modern researchers believe there are five core personality traits:
Extraversion: Including characteristics such as excitability, sociability, talkativeness, assertiveness and high amounts of emotional expressiveness.
Agreeableness: Attributes such as trust, altruism, kindness, affection, and other prosocial behaviors. A tendency to be compassionate and cooperative rather than suspicious and antagonistic towards others.
Conscientiousness: High levels of thoughtfulness, good impulse control, and goal-directed behaviors. Those high in conscientiousness tend to be organized and mindful of details, as well as act dutifully, aim for achievement, and prefer planned rather than spontaneous behavior.
Neuroticism: Tendency to experience emotional instability, anxiety, moodiness, irritability, and sadness, as well as having a low tolerance for stress.
Openness: Characteristics such as imagination and insight, and a broad range of interests, as well as intellectual curiosity, creativity and a preference for novelty and variety.
Understanding more about our own personalities can help in how we relate to the people close to us — and help them understand us better. It can also improve the way we work and learn, as we know more about our natural traits and how we can work with them rather than against them.
What is your personality type? Click here to take quiz to discover your personality type.
If you want to dig deeper into your personality and the characteristics that comprise it, take a look at this list of personality traits: