Human Traits

Human Traits

Every hardship has a bright side. Every gift invokes the onus of responsibility. And every virture, like Janus, is two-faced.

To round your characters, consider the dark side of their strengths.

Char. Trait

Strength

Weakness

Agreeable

Supportive

Conforms to wishes of others

Patient

Procrastinates; mismanages time; overlook details

Diplomatic

Passive or indirect

Analytical

Thinking

Logic discounts emotions

Thorough

Works things beyond what’s needful; perfectionist

Disciplined

Demanding of self and others; uncompromising

Confident

Willing to Act

Controlling

Reliable

Arrogance filters into assessment of others

Free

Above authority

Faithful

Loyal

Subjectivity overshadows fairness

Dependable

Unable to delegate responsibilities

Committed

Attentions focus on the one versus the need of the all; commitment overrides what may be timely.

Gracious

Humble

Self-discounting, self- effacing

Merciful

Submissive; unable to enforce repercussions; subverts consequences, enabling wrongful behavior in others

Sensitive

Emotion overrides reason and valid input that should factor into decisions

Intuitive

Resourceful

Unwilling to surrender a given objective

Inventive

Insists on recreating the wheel when conventional means are available

Farsighted

Impulsive; won’t pause long enough to read the fine print or ask for directions; oblivious to the details and complexities of an issue

Objective

Fair

Black and white judgments devoid of context or allowance of contingencies

Tolerance

Detached, aloof, indifferent

Inclusive

Strips relationship of priority

Purposeful

Diligent

Assumes responsibility of others

Competent

Unsatisfied with ability of others

Planner

Insists on personal agenda

Resilient

Adaptive

Lack of conviction or weight given to opinions

Forgiving

Forgetful, fails to learn from past encounters

Enduring

Self-punishing, delays extraction from or modification of conditions

Self-Control

Restraint

Discounts self needs and interests

Moderation

Unable to throw caution to the wind, to indulge self or others

Even temper

Lukewarm, apathy

Self-Motivated

Independent

Has trouble working with others; limited ability or willingness to compromise

Decisive

Discounts other perspectives

Tenacious

Stubborn and domineering, strong-willed, overpowering

Thoughtful

Empathetic

Detours from goal to attend emotional appeals

Grateful

Allegiance, though not for sale, is easily bought; requires self of unneedful reciprocation

Trustworthy

Establishes dependence of others

Vigilant

Focused

Majors on the minors; tedious rate of accomplishment

Observant

Discounts that which cannot be seen

Prepared

Paranoid, guarded, pessimistic

Visionary

Communicator

Talkative

Passionate

Overwhelms others

Imaginative

Impractical, unrealistic

Wise

Knowledge

Know-it-all, condescending, prone to contempt

Foresight

Focus on ramifications without addressing current issues

Reason

Orchestrate others with disregard of unique emotional makeup

Written by The UnNovelist
The Unnovelist