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Attributes are labels that can be used to describe people, places, things, animals, events and other entities. In the case of people, these are usually abstract concepts that explain the personality, behavior and potential of individuals. The following are common positive attributes of people followed by a list of negative attributes.

Positive Attributes

Positive attributes are commonly used to describe oneself and to convey the qualities of people that you like and/or respect. These can include personality, professional traits, abilities, talents, experiences, accomplishments and physical characteristics.
Accepting
Accomplished
Active
Adaptable
Adept
Adventurous
Ambitious
Appealing
Artistic
Athletic
Attentive
Big Picture Thinker
Brave
Calm
Candid
Capable
Careful
Caring
Charming
Chill
Civil
Civilized
Collaborative
Committed
Communicative
Compassionate
Competent
Competitive
Composed
Confident
Connected
Considerate
Consistent
Cool
Cooperative
Courageous
Courteous
Creative
Credible
Cultured
Daring
Decent
Deep
Detail-oriented
Determined
Devoted
Diligent
Disciplined
Driven
Educated
Elegant
Empathetic
Energetic
Engaging
Enterprising
Enthusiastic
Ethical
Experienced
Fascinating
Fashionable
Fearless
Firm
Flexible
Forgiving
Free
Friendly
Fun
Giving
Gracious
Gritty
Grounded
Hands-on
Hard Working
Helpful
Honest
Honorable
Hopeful
Humble
Imaginative
Independent
Industrious
Inspiring
Intelligent
Interesting
Kind
Knowledgable
Likeable
Loyal
Mature
Merciful
Open-minded
Optimistic
Original
Outgoing
Passionate
Patient
Persistent
Pleasant
Polished
Polite
Popular
Positive
Practical
Pragmatic
Principled
Realistic
Refined
Reflective
Relaxed
Reliable
Resilient
Resolute
Respectable
Respectful
Restrained
Risk Taking
Secure
Self-aware
Self-directed
Selfless
Sincere
Skilled
Sociable
Stable
Stoic
Strong
Studious
Stylish
Sympathetic
Tactful
Talented
Thoughtful
Tireless
Tolerant
Trusting
Trustworthy
Unaffected
Unafraid
Understanding
Upright
Upstanding
Virtuous
Warm
Warmhearted
Well Known
Well Respected
Well-mannered
Witty

Negative Attributes

Negative attributes are personality traits or patterns of behavior that are viewed as being problematic in a particular situation. The line between positive and negative attributes can be quite unclear. For example, introversion is often unfairly presented as being negative but many professions, roles and pursuits are well suited to people who don't constantly need conversation, social stimulation and feedback. The following are common negative attributes.
Angry
Arrogant
Authoritarian
Bad-tempered
Basic
Biased
Bitter
Boorish
Boring
Cheap
Close-minded
Comfortable
Complacent
Conceited
Contemptuous
Cowardly
Crank
Crude
Cynical
Delusional
Difficult
Disconnected
Dishonest
Distrustful
Docile
Dull
Egotistical
Fragile
Fussy
Grumpy
Helpless
Illogical
Impractical
Incapable
Incompetent
Ineffective
Inflexible
Insecure
Insincere
Intractable
Irritable
Jealous
Judgemental
Lazy
Mean
Mediocre
Moody
Narcissistic
Negative
Obstinate
Obstructive
Passive Aggressive
Pedantic
Perfectionist
Petty
Preachy
Prejudiced
Rude
Sarcastic
Sardonic
Self-absorbed
Self-righteous
Self-satisfied
Selfish
Shallow
Skeptical
Slavish
Small-minded
Smug
Stale
Stark
Static
Stingy
Stubborn
Sullen
Suspicious
Tame
Tired
Uncivilized
Uncool
Uncooperative
Unhelpful
Uninspired
Unintelligent
Uninventive
Unkind
Unoriginal
Unproductive
Unrealistic
Unskilled
Unsympathetic
Vain

Creative Attributes

Characteristics that indicate you are original, expressive and able to invent things of value.

Organized Attributes

Traits associated with an organized, disciplined and conscientious personality.

Motivated Attributes

Characteristics that demonstrate your commitment, passion, energy and focus.

Interpersonal Attributes

Descriptions of your social skills, leadership qualities and compassion for people.

Strong Attributes

Strong attributes are socially valuable character traits and abilities that are viewed as admirable or productive. These are commonly used to describe oneself in resumes or interviews.

Other Attributes

Attributes most commonly describe the character, behavior and thinking of a person. In some cases, they can also describe elements of identity, physical characteristics or social status.
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