What describes a person?

Resilience, happy, cooking, meek, sad, archery, personality, love, decision, feel, character, intelligence. Words that describe how a person is, what a person can do, or what characteristics, abilities or skills a person has.

I’m writing an article classifying various human descriptors. I’d like to ask you for help to extend the above list – not by furnishing mere synonyms, but by actually extending the list.

Thanks 🙂

29 thoughts on “What describes a person?

  1. Oh. This one is going to make me think, probably because I am not exactly sure what you are looking for.
    I could look around me and see traits in persons around me, such as my neighbor doesn’t want to post an ad for themselves, but wants me to do it, but I see the same trait in myself of not wanting to do things for myself.

    I am hoping someone rolls their eyes at my lack of understanding and posts a good example.

      1. Tenacity-spite
        Hunger -vitality
        Balanced- reproachful
        Possessive- honorable
        Flagrant – haughty
        Precision -haphazard
        Compassion – disregard
        Overbearing – in pain ?
        Deep thought – shallow communication
        Farce – rejection
        I looked at dividing what we do into do for attention and do for precision.
        Energy isn’t necessarily an answer for success because farce and hunger could go under energy and aren’t necessarily successful.
        Focus-energy

        1. I enjoy watching “world Science Festival” and one of the featured scientists stated people needed to understand two things ; spontaneous order, and Game Theory. ( personally I am still trying to get through Game Theory). I like to keep reminding myself of the double pendulum, where the top pendulum is me and the connection point of the bottom pendulum is the intentions others have for me ( the bottom pendulum is others)

        2. Attention skills would be those we develop for work or interaction. Precision skills would be for personal excellence. Both would have subsets of create and destroy. One might destroy a precision skill if one were to try to change it to an attention skill, and did not get attention (job, etc)

            1. That. Was not an example. An example of a precision skill would be test taking for a certification. An attention skill would be the actual job (so different from the cert)

    1. kuryzma, my eyes are rolling, though at your just amazing name! 🙂 — So sorry about not being able to directly oblige, though. 🙂

      However, here’s THE place where eyes are totally free to ‘roll’, to have a blast in the look/see experience!

      Roll on, anyways!–since ‘understanding’ is reputed to “wash away everything”

      –Heck, Not bath-time yet (I say to mama) ’cause playin’ in the sandbox, is just soooooo much more fun, ain’t it??? 😀

        1. You’re sooo welcome kuryzma! 🙂 As an artist since birth, color means so much to me too…. and I agree, the little purple icon really is absolutely adorable! 🙂

  2. Ahhhhhhh…. yesssiree. Now yo’se talkin, Mr Isene.!

    — How about — How >>>ALIVE<<<, is a person?

    — To what degree does this person arouse 'feeling', in others? Is this person, 'interested', in partaking of life? (Or for that patter, merely taking FROM life?)

    –In short, is the person interested in 'exchange'? (of experience, feeling, ideas, views, etc, etc, — via communication in it's various forms?)

    I feel that this quality, "aliveness" (or it's lack), is certainly a 'yardstick', by which to describe anyone, whom you care to put 'under the microscope'. 😀

    1. You have several words in there; Alive, aliveness, views, interested, exchange, experience, feeling, ideas, communication, quality, describe, care.

      1. Clearly a man who is fluent in microscope usage!! … “Beam me UNDER, Scotty!!! 😀

  3. Able
    Accepting
    Adventurous
    Aggressive
    Ambitious
    Annoying
    Arrogant
    Articulate
    Athletic
    Awkward

    Boastful
    Bold
    Bossy
    Brave
    Bright
    Busy

    Calm
    Careful
    Careless
    Caring
    Cautious
    Cheerful
    Clever
    Clumsy
    Compassionate
    Complex
    Conceited
    Confident
    Considerate
    Cooperative
    Courageous
    Creative
    Curious

    Dainty
    Daring
    Dark
    Defiant
    Demanding
    Determined
    Devout
    Disagreeable
    Disgruntled
    Dreamer

    Eager
    Efficient
    Embarrassed
    Energetic
    Excited
    Expert

    Fair
    Faithful
    Fancy
    Fighter
    Forgiving
    Free
    Friendly
    Friendly
    Frustrated
    Fun-loving
    Funny

    Generous
    Gentle
    Giving
    Gorgeous
    Gracious
    Grouchy

    Handsome
    Happy
    Hard-working
    Helpful
    Honest
    Hopeful
    Humble
    Humorous

    Imaginative
    Impulsive
    Independent
    Intelligent
    Inventive

    Jealous
    Joyful
    Judgmental

    Keen
    Kind
    Knowledgeable

    Lazy
    Leader
    Light
    Light-hearted
    Likeable
    Lively
    Lovable
    Loving
    Loyal

    Manipulative
    Materialistic
    Mature
    Melancholy
    Merry
    Messy
    Mischievous

    Naïve
    Neat
    Nervous
    Noisy

    Obnoxious
    Opinionated
    Organized
    Outgoing

    Passive
    Patient
    Patriotic
    Perfectionist
    Personable
    Pitiful
    Plain
    Pleasant
    Pleasing
    Poor
    Popular
    Pretty
    Prim
    Proper
    Proud

    Questioning
    Quiet

    Radical
    Realistic
    Rebellious
    Reflective
    Relaxed
    Reliable
    Religious
    Reserved
    Respectful
    Responsible
    Reverent
    Rich
    Rigid
    Rude

    Sad
    Sarcastic
    Self-confident
    Self-conscious
    Selfish
    Sensible
    Sensitive
    Serious
    Short
    Shy
    Silly
    Simple
    Simple-minded
    Smart
    Stable
    Strong
    Stubborn
    Studious
    Successful

    Tall
    Tantalizing
    Tender
    Tense
    Thoughtful
    Thrilling
    Timid
    Tireless
    Tolerant
    Tough
    Tricky
    Trusting

    Ugly
    Understanding
    Unhappy
    Unique
    Unlucky
    Unselfish

    Vain

    Warm
    Wild
    Willing
    Wise
    Witty
    .

    Too broad a question – too many answers! I cheated: http://www.ltl.appstate.edu/reading_resources/Character_Trait_Descriptive_Adjectives.htm

      1. Of course we could! 🙂 How about the ABILITY to:

        Quit ANY thought at will.
        Accept! (without compulsively adding a WHY?)
        Knowingly create some/any thing without precedent.
        Simply KNOW.
        Comm with the ‘departed’. (not currently in-carnated)
        Fully explore their range of known perception capabilities.
        Instantly convert seriousness/tragedy, into insouciance/as-isness, at will (by postulate) – sans the expected or “proper” com lag/’recovery’ time.

        (Btw, this includes some of the “bad habits” I have adopted from you! LOL! 😀

  4. Firstly, I will write how I personaly define the skill: The human potential for controling (that consist of continuing and/or changing and/or starting and/or stoping elements) some kind of a system (that consists of input and/or processing and/or storage and/or output and/or feedback elements). Therefore, in order to improve the skill, I think it is neccessary to improve the quality and/or the quantity of control over some kind of a system.
    *Therefore, there are many categories and specific life-skills not based on specific role and/or profession (based on different types and forms of systems) that a person could have, improve and that descibe him:
    adaptability and flexibility skills
    administrative skills
    analytical-thinking skills
    art skills
    body-language skill
    body-kinesthetic skills
    care-giving skills
    charisma skills
    coflict-solving skills
    communication skills
    computer skills
    conflict-resolution skills
    cooking skills
    cooperation skills
    creative-thinking skills
    critical-thinking skills
    customer-service skills
    dating skills
    decision-making skills
    emotional-self-managment skills
    financial skills
    fitness skills
    goal-setting skills
    good-manners skills
    health-managment skills
    internet skills
    intrapersonal skills
    interpersonal skills
    interviewing skills
    judgement skills
    language and linguistic skills
    leadership skills
    listening skills
    managment skills
    marketing skills
    math and logical skills
    mechanical skills
    mediation skills
    negotiating skills
    networking skills
    organizational skills
    parenting skills
    perceptual skills
    performing skills
    persuading skills
    planning skills
    problem-solving skills
    public-speaking skills
    quality-control skills
    research skills
    rethorical skills
    self-awareness skills
    self-development skills
    self-discipline skills
    self-motivation skills
    selling skills
    social skills
    sport skills
    stress-managment skills
    study skills
    supervising skills
    teaching skills
    team-working skills
    technical skills
    technological skills
    time-managment skills
    writing skills
    *Note: any feedback from anybody about changing, completing or improving this list will make me very happy 😉

      1. Yes, I think it is a great idea! Do you have ysome ideas how could we start to make it into hierarchy structure or tree? 🙂

      2. Yes, you have understood my idea. I think it is a brilliant idea to make it into hierarchy/tree structure! Do you have some ideas how could we start to make it into hierarchy structure or tree? 🙂

        1. I have done a sizeable amount of work on this earlier. It’s part of what has been dubbed AMAR S³. But it’s only for the skills relevant to that game setting, Fantasy. Let me ponder this for a bit…

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