Our Qualities Make Us The Individual Personality That We Are

Human qualities. What are they? Do they help us? Are they skills or attributes? Are they a part of our personality? Our makeup? Our character? Do they determine what we are or what we do, or do we determine them by our actions, our thoughts, our persona?

On these pages you will find little snapshots of human qualities, some might call them traits. I hope you will be able to relate to some of the ideas and thoughts. Perhaps in reading them we will be able to recognize ourselves.

Our personality. What we represent, how we come across, what we stand for, how we act, what we say, what we do, how we do it. There will be examples of all of these things here.

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. Japanese Proverb

My intention is to make it very easy reading.
  • one minute thoughts
  • expanded one liners
  • stray thoughts
  • thought provoking
  • questioning
  • inspirational
  • motivational
  • natural
(but also to include the unusual, the unlikely, the bizarre, the off-beat . . . ) They are just meant to be different slants on things. Different ways of looking at ourselves. I will be splitting the examples into three main areas. For me this separation is fairly arbitrary. Just a way of looking at a large amount of material in a more organized way. So please don't take too literally where I place any particular quality - particularly if you feel you have it! The idea here is perhaps to look at ourselves a bit more closely. To reflect and assess. To give ourselves a little bit of time. Not to lose ourselves in the detail. With nearly all of these 'traits' there is a positive, balanced or neutral, or what we might say negative slant or view. So if you feel you have what I have , for example, loosely categorized as a negative or indefinite quality - you may well have this as a balanced or positive aspect in your own makeup. Please feel free to dip in and see what you think. See what you feel. See how you are moved. May we all come out the other side as better human beings. Let us revel in our own uniqueness. All best,

Positive and uplifting

admirable ambitious cheerful competent conscientious
cool headed creative dependable dependent discreet
energetic ethical forgiving good humored grateful
humble interesting kindly mature observant
open-minded patient polite proficient relaxed
respectful self contented sensible skillful spirited
tender trusting understanding wholesome

Balanced and neutral

amusing bashful boring candid cautious
clever conforming convincing cultured decent
discontented down-hearted educated fearful gullible
high-spirited humorous imaginative inaccurate inexperienced
inoffensive lifeless lonely materialistic messy
modern nervous non-inquisitive obliging ordinary
painstaking philosophical preoccupied prudent radical
refined righteous scientific sensitive shy
sophisticated strong minded superstitious thrifty trustful
uncompromising unemotional unimaginative unintellectual unmethodical
unpoised unselfish unsportsmanlike untiring vivacious
well read wordy

Negative and indefinite

aimless argumentative bossy childish conceited
cunning demanding dishonorable distrustful envious
finicky gloomy hard-hearted humorless immodest
inconsistent insulting jealous malicious misfit
neglectful nonconforming offensive over critical pompous
profane rebellious rude scornful self conscious
shallow skeptical snobbish stingy suspicious
thoughtless troublesome unappealing uncongenial unenthusiastic
unfriendly unkindly unpunctual unsociable untruthful

Thank you for dipping in. Hope you enjoyed the experience. All best,

You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise. Seneca

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