Here’s a List of Personality Traits to Help Parents Understand Their Kids
What personality trait does your child display most often?
As parents we often observe certain personality traits, but without guidance it may be difficult to articulate these traits, or even identify them specifically. This is a list of personality characteristics you can use it to guide observations of your younger child. It's also a great starting point for discussions with older children. I adapted the list from a list published by California State University, which it uses in conjunction with other questions as part of a career path exploration.
Honesty: Having integrity and keeping one's promise.
Courtesy: Being thoughtful of others.
Responsibility: Being accountable for duties and following through with your duties.
Compatibility: Being in harmony with others and having the ability to work well with others.
Loyalty: Showing devotion to people and/or things.
Enthusiasm: Having a strong affinity towards and eagerness/ willingness to work with others or things.
Open-mindedness: Being receptive and interested in the opinions and ideas of others.
Self-Control: Controlling your own actions and feelings.
Influence: Motivating or encouraging others.
Initiative: Starting thoughts and/or actions.
Adaptability: Making changes when necessary.
Industriousness: Being consistently active and getting work done.
Carefulness: Giving watchful attention to people and/or things and doing things properly.
Self-Reliance: Having trust in one's self to doing things independently and feel confident about them.
Compassion: Having sympathy and feelings for people with problems.
Dedication: Being seriously devoted to causes and/or goals.
Competitiveness: Striving to win.
Patience: Being able to wait and taking time to do things.
Perfectionism: Trying to achieve the highest possible degree of excellence.
Courage: Meeting danger or difficulties in spite of fear.
Decisiveness: Making decisions promptly and definitely.
Drive: Having the energy to get things done.
Perseverance: Being persistent in pursuit of tasks.
Calmness: Being serene.
Stability: Being constant in responses.
Help Society: Do something to contribute to the betterment of the world.
Help Others: Involved in helping other people in a direct way, either individually or in small groups.
Public Contact: Have a lot of day-to-day contact with people.
Work with Others: Have close working relationships with a group, work as a team toward common goals.
Affiliation: Be recognized as a member of a particular organization.
Friendships: Develop close personal relationships with people.
Competition: Engage in activities that pit abilities against others where there are clear win-and-lose outcomes.
Make Decisions: Have the power to decide courses of action, policies, etc. (Leading other children in play.)
Work under Pressure: Work in situations where time pressure is prevalent and/or the quality of my work is judged critically by parents, teachers, or others. (Tests well.)
Influence People: Be in a position to change attitudes or opinions of other people.
Work Alone: Does projects independently, without any significant amount of contact with others.
Knowledge: Engage myself in the pursuit of knowledge, truth and understanding.
Artistic Creativity: Engage in creative work in any of several art forms.
Aesthetics: Notices the beauty of things, ideas, etc.
Stability: Prefers a routine that is largely predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
Recognition: Be recognized in some visible or public way.
Excitement: Experience a high degree of (or frequent) excitement.
Adventure: Enjoy frequent risk-taking.
Profit, Gain: Interest in accumulating money or other material gain.
Independence: Be able to determine the nature of my work without significant direction from others; not have to do what others tell me.
Moral Fulfillment: Wants to contribute significantly to a set of moral standards.
Physical Challenge: Enjoys physical challenges.