Personal Qualities List

Additional Information for Chapter 5, page 72

What follows is probably the most famous list of personality traits in Psychology.  In 1968 Norman Anderson came up with the 555 personal characteristics (listed below) and had hundreds of students rank order the 555 words from most desirable (Note the top 4 are Sincere, Honest, Understanding, and Loyal) to most distasteful (the last 4 are cruel, mean, phony, and liar).  The order of the list below represents the average of the students’ rating.  Here is the reference if you would like to read Anderson’s original article:

Anderson, N. H. (1968).  Likableness ratings of 555 personality-trait words. Journal of Social Psychology, 9, 272-279.

This list may assist you in determining some of your personal qualities that you may not have thought of otherwise.

  1. Sincere
  2. Honest
  3. Understanding
  4. Loyal
  5. Truthful
  6. Trustworthy
  7. Intelligent
  8. Dependable
  9. Open-Minded
  10. Thoughtful
  11. Wise
  12. Considerate
  13. Good-Natured
  14. Reliable
  15. Mature
  16. Warm
  17. Earnest
  18. Kind
  19. Friendly
  20. Kind-Hearted
  21. Happy
  22. Clean
  23. Interesting
  24. Unselfish
  25. Good-Humored
  26. Honorable
  27. Humorous
  28. Responsible
  29. Cheerful
  30.  Trustful
  31. Warm-Hearted
  32. Broad-Minded
  33. Gentle
  34. Well-Spoken
  35. Educated
  36. Reasonable
  37.  Companionable
  38. Likable
  39. Trusting
  40. Clever
  41. Pleasant
  42. Courteous
  43. Quick-Witted
  44. Tactful
  45. Helpful
  46. Appreciative
  47. Imaginative
  48. Outstanding
  49. Self-Disciplined
  50. Brilliant
  51. Enthusiastic
  52. Level-Headed
  53. Polite
  54. Original
  55. Smart
  56. Forgiving
  57. Sharp-Witted
  58. Well-Read
  59. Ambitious
  60. Bright
  61. Respectful
  62. Efficient
  63. Good-Tempered
  64. Grateful
  65. Conscientious
  66. Resourceful
  67. Alert
  68. Good
  69. Witty
  70. Clear-Headed
  71. Kindly
  72. Admirable
  73. Patient
  74. Talented
  75. Perceptive
  76.  Spirited
  77. Sportsmanlike
  78. Well-Mannered
  79. Cooperative
  80. Ethical
  81. Intellectual
  82. Versatile
  83. Capable
  84. Courageous
  85. Constructive
  86. Productive
  87. Progressive
  88. Individualistic
  89. Observant
  90.  Ingenious
  91.  Lively
  92. Neat
  93. Punctual
  94. Logical
  95. Prompt
  96. Accurate
  97. Sensible
  98. Creative
  99. Self-Reliant
  100. Tolerant
  101. Amusing
  102. Clean-Cut
  103.  Generous
  104.  Sympathetic
  105. Energetic
  106. High-Spirited
  107. Self-Controlled
  108. Tender
  109. Active
  110. Independent
  111. Respectable
  112. Inventive
  113. Wholesome
  114. Congenial
  115. Cordial
  116. Experienced
  117. Attentive
  118. Cultured
  119. Frank
  120. Purposeful
  121. Decent
  122. Diligent
  123. Realist
  124. Eager
  125. Poised
  126. Competent
  127. Realistic
  128. Amiable
  129. Optimistic
  130. Vigorous
  131. Entertaining
  132. Adventurous
  133. Vivacious
  134. Composed
  135. Relaxed
  136. Romantic
  137. Proficient
  138. Rational
  139. Skillful
  140. Enterprising
  141. Gracious
  142. Able
  143. Nice
  144. Agreeable
  145. Skilled
  146. Curious
  147. Modern
  148. Charming
  149. Sociable
  150. Modest
  151. Decisive
  152. Humble
  153. Tidy
  154. Popular
  155. Upright
  156. Literary
  157. Practical
  158. Light-Hearted
  159.  Well-Bred
  160. Refined
  161. Self-Confident
  162. Cool-Headed
  163. Studious
  164. Adventuresome
  165. Discreet
  166. Informal
  167.  Thorough
  168.  Exuberant
  169. Inquisitive
  170. Easygoing
  171.  Outgoing
  172. Self-Sufficient
  173. Casual
  174. Consistent
  175.  Moral
  176. Self-Assured
  177. Untiring
  178. Hopeful
  179. Calm
  180. Strong-Minded
  181. Positive
  182. Confident
  183. Artistic
  184. Precise
  185. Scientific
  186. Orderly
  187. Social
  188. Direct
  189. Careful
  190. Candid
  191.  Comical
  192. Obliging
  193. Self-Critical
  194. Fashionable
  195. Religious
  196. Soft-Hearted
  197. Dignified
  198. Philosophical
  199. Idealistic
  200. Soft-Spoken
  201. Disciplined
  202. Serious
  203. Definite
  204. Convincing
  205. Persuasive
  206. Obedient
  207. Quick
  208. Sophisticated
  209. Thrifty
  210. Sentimental
  211. Objective
  212. Nonconforming
  213. Righteous
  214. Mathematical
  215. Meditative
  216. Fearless
  217. Systematic
  218. Subtle
  219.  Normal
  220. Daring
  221. Middleclass
  222. Lucky
  223.  Proud
  224. Sensitive
  225. Moralistic
  226. Talkative
  227. Excited
  228. Moderate
  229. Satirical
  230. Prudent
  231. Reserved
  232. Persistent
  233. Meticulous
  234. Unconventional
  235.  Deliberate
  236. Painstaking
  237. Bold
  238. Suave
  239. Cautious
  240. Innocent
  241.  Inoffensive
  242. Shrewd
  243. Methodical
  244. Nonchalant
  245. Self-Contented
  246. Perfectionistic
  247. Forward
  248. Excitable
  249. Outspoken
  250. Prideful
  251. Quiet
  252. Impulsive
  253. Aggressive
  254. Changeable
  255. Conservative
  256. Shy
  257. Hesitant
  258. Unpredictable
  259. Solemn
  260. Blunt
  261. Self-Righteous
  262. Average
  263. Discriminating
  264. Emotional
  265. Unlucky
  266. Bashful
  267. Self-Concerned
  268. Authoritative
  269. Lonesome
  270. Restless
  271. Choosy
  272. Self-Possessed
  273. Naive
  274. Opportunist
  275. Theatrical
  276. Unsophisticated
  277. Impressionable
  278. Ordinary
  1. Strict
  2. Skeptical
  3. Extravagant
  4. Forceful
  5. Cunning
  6. Inexperienced
  7. Unmethodical
  8. Daredevil
  9. Wordy
  10. Daydreamer
  11. Conventional
  12. Materialistic
  13. Self-Satisfied
  14. Rebellious
  15. Eccentric
  16. Opinionated
  17. Stern
  18. Lonely
  19. Dependent
  20. Unsystematic
  21. Self-Conscious
  22. Undecided
  23. Resigned
  24. Clownish
  25. Anxious
  26. Conforming
  27. Critical
  28. Conformist
  29. Radical
  30. Dissatisfied
  31. Old-Fashioned
  32. Meek
  33. Frivolous
  34. Discontented
  35. Troubled
  36. Irreligious
  37. Overcautious
  38. Silent
  39. Tough
  40. Ungraceful
  41. Argumentative
  42. Withdrawing
  43. Uninquisitive
  44. Forgetful
  45. Inhibited
  46. Unskilled
  47. Crafty
  48. Passive
  49. Immodest
  50. Unpopular
  51. Timid
  52. Spendthrift
  53. Temperamental
  54. Gullible
  55. Indecisive
  56. Silly
  57. Submissive
  58. Unstudious
  59. Preoccupied
  60. Tense
  61. Fearful
  62. Unromantic
  63. Absent-Minded
  64. Impractical
  65. Withdrawn
  66. Unadventurous
  67. Sarcastic
  68. Sad
  69. Unemotional
  70. Worrying
  71. High-Strung
  72. Unoriginal
  73. Unpoised
  74. Compulsive
  75. Worrier
  76. Demanding
  77. Unhappy
  78. Indifferent
  79. Uncultured
  80. Clumsy
  81. Insecure
  82. Unentertaining
  83. Imitative
  84. Melancholy
  85. Mediocre
  86. Obstinate
  87. Unhealthy
  88. Headstrong
  89. Nervous
  90. Nonconfident
  91. Stubborn
  92. Unimaginative
  93. Down-Hearted
  94. Unobservant
  95. Inconsistent
  96. Unpunctual
  97. Unindustrious
  98. Disturbed
  99. Superstitious
  100. Frustrated
  101. Illogical
  102. Rash
  103. Unenthusiastic
  104. Inaccurate
  105. Noninquisitive
  106. Unagreeable
  107. Jumpy
  108. Possessive
  109. Purposeless
  110. Moody
  111. Unenterprising
  112. Unintellectual
  113. Unwise
  114. Oversensitive
  115. Inefficient
  116. Reckless
  117. Pompous
  118. Uncongenial
  119. Untidy
  120. Unaccommodating
  121. Noisy
  122. Squeamish
  123. Cynical
  124. Angry
  125. Listless
  126. Uninspiring
  127. Unintelligent
  128. Domineering
  129. Scolding
  130. Depressed
  131. Unobliging
  132. Pessimistic
  133. Unattentive
  134. Boisterous
  135. Suspicious
  136. Inattentive
  137. Overconfident
  138. Smug
  139. Unsociable
  140. Unproductive
  141. Wasteful
  142. Fickle
  143. Neglectful
  144. Short-Tempered
  145. Hot-Headed
  146. Unsocial
  147. Envious
  148. Overcritical
  149. Scheming
  150.  Sly
  151. Weak
  152. Foolhardy
  153. Immature
  154. Dominating
  155. Showy
  156. Sloppy
  157. Unsympathetic
  158. Uncompromising
  159. Hot-Tempered
  160. Neurotic
  161. Unsporting
  162. Finicky
  163. Resentful
  164. Unruly
  165. Fault-Finding
  166. Messy
  167. Misfit
  168. Uninteresting
  169. Scornful
  170. Antisocial
  171. Irritable
  172. Stingy
  173. Tactless
  174. Careless
  175.  Foolish
  176. Troublesome
  177. Ungracious
  178. Negligent
  179. Wishy-Washy
  180. Profane
  181. Gloomy
  182. Helpless
  183. Disagreeable
  184. Touchy
  185. Irrational
  186. Tiresome
  187. Disobedient
  188. Complaining
  189.  Lifeless
  190. Vain
  191. Lazy
  192. Unappreciative
  193. Maladjusted
  194. Aimless
  195. Boastful
  196. Dull
  197. Gossipy
  198. Unappealing
  199. Hypochondriac
  200. Irritating
  201. Petty
  202. Shallow
  203. Deceptive
  204. Grouchy
  205. Egotistical
  206. Meddlesome
  207. Uncivil
  208. Cold
  209. Unsportsmanlike
  210. Bossy
  211. Unpleasing
  212. Cowardly
  213. Discourteous
  214. Incompetent
  215. Childish
  216. Superficial
  217. Ungrateful
  218. Self-Conceited
  219. Hard-Hearted
  220. Unfair
  221. Irresponsible
  222. Prejudiced
  223. Bragging
  224. Jealous
  225. Unpleasant
  226. Unreliable
  227. Impolite
  228. Crude
  229.  Nosey
  230. Humorless
  231. Quarrelsome
  232. Abusive
  233. Distrustful
  234. Intolerant
  235. Unforgiving
  236. Boring
  237. Unethical
  238. Unreasonable
  239. Self-Centered
  240. Snobbish
  241. Unkindly
  242. Ill-Mannered
  243. Ill-Tempered
  244. Unfriendly
  245. Hostile
  246. Dislikable
  247. Ultra-Critical
  248. Offensive
  249. Belligerent
  250. Underhanded
  251. Annoying
  252. Disrespectful
  253. Loud-Mouthed
  254. Selfish
  255. Narrow-Minded
  256. Vulgar
  257. Heartless
  258. Insolent
  259. Thoughtless
  260. Rude
  261.  Conceited
  262. Greedy
  263. Spiteful
  264. Insulting
  265. Insincere
  266. Unkind
  267. Untrustworthy
  268. Deceitful
  269. Dishonorable
  270. Malicious
  271. Obnoxious
  272. Untruthful
  273. Dishonest
  274. Cruel
  275. Mean
  276. Phony
  277. Liar

What follows is an additional list drawn from several sources.  There are many duplicates from the Norman Anderson list but enough new words to be worth the effort for some.  The words are listed alphabetically.

  1. Accepting
  2. Accommodating
  3. Affectionate
  4. Affirming
  5. Agreeable
  6. Alluring
  7. Altruistic
  8. Ambitious
  9. Amiable
  10. Analytical
  11. Appreciative
  12. Articulate
  13. Assertive
  14. Attentive
  15. Authentic
  16. Balanced
  17. Candid
  18. Careful
  19. Caring
  20. Cheerful
  21. Comforting
  22. Communicative
  23. Compassionate
  24. Competent
  25. Congenial
  26. Conscientious
  27. Cooperative
  28. Courageous
  29. Creative
  1. Decisive
  2. Diplomatic
  3. Discreet
  4. Easy going
  5. Educated
  6. Effective
  7. Efficient
  8. Encouraging
  9. Enthusiastic
  10. Extroverted
  11.  Flexible
  12. Forgiving
  13. Forthright
  14.  Friendly
  15. Frugal
  16. Genuine
  17. Godly
  18. Graceful
  19. Growing
  20. Hard working
  21. Helpful
  22. Honest
  23. Humble
  24. Humorous
  25. Imaginative
  26. Industrious
  27. Insightful
  28. Intelligent
  29. Intuitive

Chapter 5 Resources

Reference and Research

  1. Personal Qualities List

Tools and Worksheets

  1. Her Personal Characteristics from pages 67 & 75 (PDF, 153 KB)
 
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