Character traits are a positive
set of principles to live by. The following positive traits are
provided to illustrate concepts that can be incorporated into a
person's daily life beginning in early childhood:
- Honesty - Telling the truth; never mislead or
withhold key information in relationships of trust;
- Courage - Doing the right thing in face of
difficulty and following your conscience instead of the crowd.
- Demonstrate integrity - Stand up for your beliefs
about right and wrong; be your best self; resist social pressure to do
- Keeping promises - Always limit promises to those
you KNOW you
can keep; Your word should be your bond; Don't borrow money if you
repay the obligation; Always return what you borrow in a timely
- Loyalty - Stand by your family, friends, employers,
community, and nation; Don't gossip about people.
- Responsibility - Think before you act; Always
consequences; Hold yourself accountable and own up to mistakes you
make; Never attempt to shift the blame to others.
- Pursue excellence - Do your best and don't quit when
the going gets tough.
- Be kind and caring - Be generosity and show
compassion; Never be selfish or mean.
- Respect - Be courteous and respectful; judge all
people on their merits; be tolerant, appreciative, and accepting of
- Fairness and being nonjudgmental - Treat all people
always listen to others and try to understand what they are saying and
feeling. Be open-minded and be willing to give people another chance
for their first offense (depends on the offense).
- Be a responsible citizen - Obey the law and respect
authority; Exercise your right to vote; Serve willingly on jury panels;
whenever possible, volunteer in various community projects;
environment by recycling and when possible make a "green" choice.
- Perseverance - Pursuing worthy objectives with
determination and patience while exhibiting fortitude when confronted
- Self-discipline - Demonstrating hard work
controlling your emotions, words, actions, impulses and desires. Giving
your best in all situations.
We should always attempt to
be a role model of positive character traits that demonstrate how these
virtues are both good for the individual and for society. As defined by
Dr. Thomas Lickona, the objective
goodness of virtues is based on the fact that they:
The Character Education Network has
adopted nine of the most popular
traits for the organization of school curriculums. These
are not the exact traits adopted by all school systems. However most
traits and values used in character education are synonymous or related
to the character traits on this site. Below are traits that can be
taught using the content contained on this site.
- Affirm our human dignity
- Promote the well being and happiness of the individual
- Serve the common good
- Define our rights and obligations
the classical ethical tests of reversibility (Would you want to be
treated this way?) and universal ability (Would you want all persons
to act this way in a similar situation?).
Compassion, Generosity, Cheerfulness,
Respect, Respect for Others
A Personality Makeover
Hair color can be easily changed.
Clothing sizes can quickly change with increases in weight, but like
loosing weight takes much more time. It is possible to change your
personality is you determine what others see you in a negative light.
So how hard could it
be to develop your own personality? The following is a partial list of
ways to improve your image:
- Being the Class Clown - People love
those who are fun to be around. However, you don't always want to be
the life of the party or people will not take you serious when you want
to make a point.
- What Is Your Communication Style? Effective
communication is very important in our information intensive world. How
yourself through verbal communication can have an major impact on your
Your personal experiences shape your understanding of personal,
business, social, and school relationships. If you have a difficult
time understanding other people's motives then it will be more
difficult for you to explore characters that feel or think differently
than you do.
The family environment and
relationships experienced as a child provide a major influence on the
relationships we form as we transition into adulthood.
Moral or Ethical Code
Moral and ethical codes
vary depending on a persons religious beliefs and country of
origin. The following are provided for illustrative purposes:
Do you have difficulty
in empathizing with other people and their struggles. You need to delve
into your inner thoughts to begin to understand the positive and
negative traits that for your character.
- Physically and/or mentally abuse others?
- Use abusive or overly sophisticated language to intimate
- Engage in power plays with the groups you associate with?
- Cheated on a test?
- Entered false information on your income tax or a
- Betray the confidences of a family member, coworker, close
friend, significant other?
- Addicted to drugs, alcohol, nicotine, etc.
- Break laws that you consider are irrelevant - driving under
the influence, texting or using cell phone while driving, driving
without care insurance or a legal driver's license?
- Have deep seated fears?
- Constantly flirt?
Everybody acts differently
under stressful conditions. The personal history and upbringing of each
individual play a large part in forming the person they will become. No
two siblings will have the same perception of their family environment.
Every individual develops
little gestures and movements that make them unique and set us apart.
These collective mannerisms are ingrained into our subconscious and
until someone calls attention to them, we rarely realize we're doing
them. These traits can originate by association and observation of
positive and negative behavior of those who are most influential in our
Some might describe these
behaviors as little idiosyncrasies give our characters depth and
appeal. Others might find them as annoying to a point of avoiding the
"offending" individual. Sometimes people display a wide variety
of mannerisms when they are nervous, happy, scared, bored, or angry. A
few examples are provided to illustrate annoying mannerisms:
- Tapping a foot or "drumming" with fingers.
- Snapping fingers or cracking knuckles.
- Biting fingernails
- Greeting everyone with a "bear" hug or "bone crushing"
- Constant tossing of the head to rearrange their hair.
- Running fingers through hair.
- Blowing breath out through the mouth in exasperation
- Loud, audible sighs
those character qualities, those character traits, that determine a
person's ... Character development is essential to the ongoing success
of our society.
Education - Youth Development (CA Dept of Education)
Aug. 31, 2011
"Effective schools seek to develop and
reinforce character traits, such as caring, citizenship, fairness,
respect, responsibility, etc..
of Socialization: Personality Development
July 4, 2006 Some hereditary factors that contribute to
development do so ... We often share personality traits with others,
especially members of close family, religious groups, etc..
unique attributes called traits. Site provides a list of
Development - Personality Pathways
An Introduction to the
dynamics of personality development using MBTI, ... The penchant of
conventional psychology to identify personality traits.
Catalog - Character Education & Emotional Intelligence
How do you develop these valued character traits? At this web site, you
will find hundreds of questions, quotations, and dilemmas to explore.
. Using these values as a guide for how you conduct
yourself. They can help you develop solid friendships, a good career
and a foundation of good reputation and integrity.
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