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238 Examples of Personality Traits

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A personality trait is a characteristic set of behaviors, emotions and thought patterns that can be used to describe the personality of an individual. One popular theory, known as the big five personality traits, lists these as openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. Perhaps this theory has value but is it also commonly used to label people and systematically categorize them with broad terms that may have negative connotations. For example, a student who is labeled as introverted by a teacher and treated differently based on this broad assumption. This may neglect grey areas and the many variations of personality that make each individual unique. The following is an expanded list of personality traits that is by no means exhaustive. This includes traits that can be viewed as positive, neutral and negative.
Adaptable
Adventurous
Aggressive
Agreeable
Alert
Aloof
Altruistic
Ambitious
Anxious
Apathetic
Appreciative
Arbitrary
Argumentative
Arrogant
Articulate
Artificial
Assertive
Authoritarian
Balanced
Blunt
Boorish
Brave
Calm
Careless
Caring
Cautious
Charismatic
Charming
Cheerful
Childish
Clumsy
Cold
Colorless
Compassionate
Complacent
Compulsive
Conceited
Confident
Conformist
Considerate
Conventional
Cool
Courteous
Cowardly
Crafty
Crass
Creative
Cultured
Curious
Cynical
Deceitful
Deceptive
Decisive
Dedicated
Demanding
Dependent
Destructive
Difficult
Dignified
Directed
Discourteous
Dishonest
Disloyal
Dogmatic
Dominating
Domineering
Dramatic
Dull
Dutiful
Dynamic
Egocentric
Elegant
Eloquent
Emotional
Empathetic
Energetic
Enigmatic
Enthusiastic
Envious
Escapist
Extravagant
Extrovert
Fair
Faithful
Fanatical
Fearful
Feminine
Fixed
Flexible
Foolish
Forgetful
Forgiving
Fragile
Freethinking
Friendly
Frivolous
Frugal
Generous
Gentle
Genuine
Gloomy
Grit
Honest
Honorable
Humble
Humorous
Idealistic
Idiosyncratic
Imaginative
Impressionable
Indecisive
Independent
Individualistic
Insecure
Intelligent
Intelligent
Introvert
Intuitive
Irrational
Irreverent
Joyful
Kind
Lazy
Logical
Loving
Loyal
Masculine
Mature
Mechanical
Melancholic
Merciful
Miserable
Moderate
Modest
Moody
Naive
Narcissistic
Narrow
Neurotic
Nihilistic
Obedient
Objective
Obsessive
Open
Opinionated
Opportunistic
Optimistic
Organized
Original
Paranoid
Passionate
Passive
Patient
Peaceful
Perceptive
Perfectionist
Personable
Pessimistic
Petty
Playful
Polished
Pompous
Possessive
Practical
Prejudiced
Principled
Protective
Proud
Prudent
Pure
Purposeful
Questioning
Rational
Realistic
Reflective
Relaxed
Reliable
Resentful
Resilient
Resourceful
Respectful
Responsible
Responsive
Rigid
Romantic
Sane
Sarcastic
Scholarly
Secretive
Secure
Self-aware
Self-conscious
Self-directing
Self-indulgent
Selfish
Selfless
Sensitive
Sensual
Sentimental
Shy
Sincere
Single-minded
Skeptical
Sociable
Solemn
Solid
Solitary
Sophisticated
Spontaneous
Stable
Stern
Stoic
Strict
Strong
Stubborn
Submissive
Superficial
Superstitious
Suspicious
Sympathetic
Systematic
Tactless
Tasteful
Tense
Thorough
Tolerant
Tough
Tricky
Trusting
Unaffected
Understanding
Unstable
Urbane
Venturesome
Vindictive
Vivacious
Warm
Witty

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