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Understanding Personality
Traits & Characteristics

Personal Interactions
       Depending on persons age, on a daily basis, everyone has circles of family and friends at school, church, community, sports, and work that can be described as a spheres of influence. This influence is  works both ways. Individuals are viewed through a prism that is shaped by their personality traits and characteristics. This process starts in infancy and continues throughout a lifetime. These traits and characteristics are well established by the time children enroll in school and begin the process of being socialized by larger peer groups in the classroom, extracurricular activities, and on the play ground/athletic fields.

       How children treat their parents and siblings in public transfers to the image potential spouses and employers form about their personality traits and other distinguishing qualities or characteristics that are the embodiment of a person's habitual patterns of behavior, temperament and emotion.

       Each individual will also be judged as to their academic, social, and athlete skills. These proficiencies can include critical thinking, negotiation, presentation (sales), or technological.  These skills require special abilities that are acquired through training and experience.

      A successful career requires an individual to develop their abilities/skills in four component areas:

  • Skills,
  • Values,
  • Interests,
  • Personality traits. 

The 10 Most Important Personality Traits for Career Success

       The following personality traits are characteristic of successful people:

  1. Attitude The capacity to stay optimistic and positive.  The #1 quality for career success is “Championship Thinking.”
  2. Enthusiasm The possession of intense and eager interest in a subject or cause.  It is an energy that often inspires others.
  3. Ethics The quality of having and living by a code of sound moral principles.
  4. Focused Goals The ability to have clarity on the objectives that you strive for in your personal and professional life.
  5. Listening The capacity to suspend your own agenda and deliberately and empathetically allow others to be heard.
  6. Networking A well developed circle of influence of interconnected positive relationships.
  7. Persistent The ability to endure in the face of adversity.  It is a patient and relenting effort to achieve despite difficulties.
  8. Self-Awareness The understanding and knowledge of who you are, including your skills, values, interests, behaviors and character.
  9. Self-Confidence – The firm belief in your abilities.  Seek professional help if this is an area of weakness!
  10. Self-Discipline – The ability to control and restrain impulses.  Positive energy can be focused and channeled towards achieving your ambitions.
Source - TimesUnion  

The Human Consciousness

        The traits of human consciousness, human character, character or personality traits can be grouped within the categories of an individual's:
  • Attitudes,
  • Miscellaneous attributes,
  • Social endowments,
  • Skills.
         Each trait is shown in two ways; how it manifests in a positive way in a person, and how it manifests negatively in a person's Attitudes.
Attitudes
Positive Trait Negative Trait
accepts authority, loyal, devoted rebellious
accepts what's given ignores, rejects what's given
affectionate distant, cold, aloof
aspiring, ambitious, motivated self-satisfied, unmotivated
candid closed, guarded, secretive
caring uncaring, unfeeling, callous
change; accepts, embraces- rejects change
cheerful cheerless, gloomy, sour, grumpy
considerate, thoughtful inconsiderate, thoughtless
cooperative uncooperative, unhelpful, combative
courageous cowering, fearful
courteous rude, impolite
decisive indecisive
devoted uncommitted, uncaring, hostile
determined indecisive, unsure
does what is necessary, right does what is convenient
perseveres, endures relents, gives up
enthusiastic unenthusiastic, apathetic, indifferent
expansive kept back, tight, constricting
faith in life life can't be trusted
faith in oneself lack of faith in self
faith in others others can't be relied on
flexible inflexible, rigid, unbending, stubborn
forgiving unforgiving, resentful, spiteful
focused unfocused, scattered
freedom given to others authoritarian, controlling
friendly

unfriendly, distant, aloof, hostile

frugal, thrifty wasteful, spendthrift
generous stingy, miserly, selfish
goodwill ill-will, malice, hatred
grateful ungrateful, unappreciative
hard-working lazy
honest dishonest, deceiving, lying
humble arrogant, conceited, ego-centric
interested indifferent, uncaring
involved complacent, indifferent

jealous, not

jealous, envious, covetous

kind

unkind, uncaring, cruel, mean

mature

immature

modest

vain

open-minded, tolerant

narrow, close, small-minded, intolerant

optimistic

pessimistic

perfects  allows imperfection

persistent, sustaining

flagging, fleeting, unsustaining

positive negative
practical impractical, not viable
punctual late, not on time

realistic

unrealistic, impractical

reliable unreliable, undependable

respectful

disrespectful, rude, impolite

responsibility; takes- blames others
responsible [ep to 9 levels] unreliable, undependable

responsive

unresponsive, unreceptive

self-confident

lack of self confidence, insecure

self-directed

directed by externals 

self-disciplined

undisciplined, unrestrained, indulgent

self-esteem, high

self-esteem, confidence - low

self-giving

self-centered

self-reliant

dependent

selfless

selfish

sensitive

Insensitive, indifferent

serious

frivolous, silly, trivial

sincere

insincere, dishonest

social independence

social approval required

sympathetic

unsympathetic, unfeeling

systematic unsystematic, disorganized, disorderly, random

takes others point of view

insists on own view

thoughtful towards others

thoughtless, inconsiderate, callous

trusting

suspicious, mistrusting

unpretentious

pretentious, affected, ostentatious

unselfish

selfish

willing does, willingness 

unwilling, reluctant, recalcitrant

work-oriented

convenience first [ep psych/soc]

For additional information on personal attitudes, click here


There are other ways of looking at the traits of human consciousness, including
sub
dividing them at three planes - physical, vital, and mental; divided in ways
that relate
to one's success and accomplishment in life, breakdown of traits
amongst human values,
and so forth.

Source -
Traits of Human Consciousness

Characteristics that are distinguishing qualities of a person
       There are hundreds of personality traits that behavior scientists have developed theoretical models to describe associated patterns of behavior and personalities.

       The Type A and Type B personality theory describes two common patterns of behavior, contrasting personality types — the high-strung Type A and the easy-going Type B are the most well known types. This system of classification also divides people further into Type C and D. 

       This theory has been controversial in the scientific and medical communities since its publication, the theory has nonetheless persisted, in the form of popular psychology circles who generally lack academic credentials, yet serve as everyday sources of oversimplified information about human behavior and personality.

Behavior and Actions
       Autocratic domination, bullying, insensitivity, over control, intimidation, bullying, or self-serving practices masquerade as a form of management, but in reality are actually forms of harassment by individual who are in a position of power and authority. 

       There is one basic principle that applies to our behavior and actions: Some people do things for their own reasons that usually do not involve making any effort to win our approval. Other people see things differently which causes them to respond/react to situations in a way that they think is necessary to achieve the best reward for their efforts.

        People who are not motivated will generate a halfhearted effort that at best produces marginal results and in worst cases creates frustration, resentment, rebellious behavior, and power struggles. A good manager is sensitive to and works hard to significantly reduce the amount of friction, tension, dissent, stress, and upset of people on his team. The reward for preventing potential misunderstandings, miscommunication, and conflict is the development of a sense of pride in the work they perform.

Personality Affects Behavior 
       There are differences between physical and behavioral traits and characteristics -
   
Traits Characteristics
 
Hair Color
Brown, Black, Red, or Blond
Curly, Kinky, or Straight

      The are two basic aspects of our behavioral traits and characteristics:
  • Inherited behavior (traits)
  • Learned behavior (characteristics)
      When we combine them, they form what is commonly referred to as a type of personality with a significant difference between the two aspects:
  • Traits can't be changed because they are neurological hardwired and thus fixed,
  • Characteristics can be changed as they are acquired through external influences and experiences.

Behavioral Traits
      Traits are responsible for how our brain develops and functions in gathering data, processing information, and making decisions. Traits can help to determine the choices we make and how act on our decisions.

      People interact and communicate with us based on our behavior towards them and our patterns of behavior in general defines how they will deal with us. Traits influence how we learn and what if any value we place on utilize our intuition. Our traits can define our perception of what constitutes trouble. Consequently, they influence our problem solving preferences and the solutions we create.

     In addition, behavior traits are responsible for:

  • Our core value system, the principles, and basic beliefs that form our code of conduct that in turn is responsible for our behavior.
  • Developing and expressing natural talents.
  • Filters our internal and external perceptions of our surroundings.
  • Our emotional reactions and rational responses to experiences and situations,
  • What motivates and irritates us.
  • Our choice of the people we are attracted to others which we avoid.

Behavioral Characteristics
       Behavior characteristics refers to behavior we acquire through our perceptions of opinions, criticisms, and social expectations held by other people. This becomes the basic foundation of our learned habits, attitudes, and comfort zones that impact the totality of our life.

      Motivation is the principle force behind the development of the characteristics that make our behavior acceptable and allows us to become part of a social structure. These behaviors are sometimes based on false perceptions of ourselves, our potential, and what we are capable of achieving.

      After repeated exposure to untrue comments, about your abilities and potential, will cause you to accept this misinformation as being truthful. Over time this creates limitations and programs us to become insecure about our capabilities. The result is that you are likely to will avoid in engaging in any activities that might expose these insecurities.

Behavioral  Patterns
      Behavioral patterns are developed as a result of our characteristics. Mental barriers and insecurities become stronger with the passage of time so it becomes more difficult to reverse or overcome them. As a result we may be unable to partially or fully develop our natural talents and strengths. Our characteristics are responsible for:

  • Overriding our decision making preferences and replacing them with preferences of other people reasons rather than our own.
  • Accepting the status quo and not changing limiting and unhealthy situations, relationships, jobs, and lifestyles because we feel it is expected of us.
  • Suppressing our individuality and uniqueness.
  • Our following the path of least resistance rather that facing up to tough choices.
  • Creating and fueling our fears and insecurities.
  • Behaving in certain ways society considered acceptable for our gender.
  • Spending time accepting responsibilities for performing tasks that do not match our personality traits.

    As you seek to understand more about personality, there are important factors to keep in mind:

  • People have a strong desire to fit in. Like a chameleon, an individual will take on behavior that provides the illusion that is perceived to be the acceptable behavior norm despite not confirming with their personality boundaries.
  • We tend to judge people based on our first impressions. However, that can be very misleading and may not reflect the true nature of their personalities.
  • There is a natural tendency to compare other people�s behavior to our own in an effort to determine if their personality is compatible with ours.

      An individual's observable behavior does not provide a full image of our personality qualities. Many are hidden below the surface we project to individuals outside of the family or peer group. To completely appreciate a person, it is necessary to have the opportunity to spend enough time with new acquaintances to discover their natural talents. It is important to remember that an initial misreading can result in your making a negative impression. At some future occasion, you might discover that they will be responsible for making important decisions about you - hiring, admission to school, judging you at a sporting event, welcoming you into a family unit, etc.

      It is the differences in people that provide the strength to compensate for their weaknesses. It is the variations in people that offers a truly great opportunity to assemble a dynamic team of self-motivated people whose collaborative efforts are much better than one individual could achieve.

Recommended Reading:

Understanding Personalities Can Lead to Better Performance  Personality types can help us understand why people make decisions - and sometimes clash.

The Ultimate guide to Getting over depression, mood swings & bad moods  Links that deal with everyday generic problems that confront athletes and non-athletes.

Traits of Human Consciousness Endowments of human character, or simply character or personality traits. They are grouped within the categories of an individual's (1) attitudes, (2) miscellaneous attributes, (3) social endowments, and (4) skills. Each trait is shown in two ways; how it manifests in a positive way in a person, and how it manifests negatively in a person.

The Big Five Personality Traits in Psychology  Jan. 16, 2007 ... Your Big Five Personality Traits affect your health, relationships, goals, ...  understand your frustrations.

Emotional Competency - Personality Traits  Personality traits are intrinsic differences that once were thought to remain the same since childhood. Now, experts believe the Big Five Personality Traits change over time.

A List of Personality Traits to Help Parents Understand ...  As parents we often observe certain personality traits, but without guidance it may be difficult to articulate these traits, or even identify them specifically.

Discover Yourself  Personality Inventory. This assessment will help you better understand your personality traits and their strength.

References:

Relationships

The Sports Environment

Developing Personality Traits and Character Traits

Resources:

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:
   
   
Developing Personality Traits and Character Traits

   
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