The old expression that actions speak louder than words is very true when it comes to character traits. You learn about who people are and what their character traits are by watching how they interact with the world and paying attention to how they treat you and interact with you.
There are literally countless character traits that you can identify in others, and that you can identify in yourself.
Some character traits have to do with your underlying values or beliefs. Some examples of these types of character traits include:
Some character traits can be bad, and you may not want these traits associated with you. Some examples of these types of character traits include:
A leader or person who likes to be in charge may have the following character traits:
Some character traits can be consciously developed, learned or acquired. For example, character traits that you may consciously choose to learn or adopt include:
Some character traits for children include:
Character Traits in Literature and Movies
In storybooks and novels and movies, there are often archetypes of characters. For instance, there might be a romantic hero, or a leader or a heroine who needs to be rescued. Often, these characters in books or movies have certain classic traits that help you to identify what role they play in the story.
For example, some character traits that can be used for a main character that is a hero include:
If a hero or story character is a romantic interest, he may have the following character traits:
As you can see, there are literally hundreds of character traits that will add depth and dimension to any characters. You simply need to observe people in different settings to get a general idea how certain people behave. This can help you to recognize positive character traits that you want to look for in people.
Bring Your Characters to Life
By learning more about character traits through observation, you can also develop richer characters in your writing that are more true-to-life. Having well-developed characters in your writing will help the reader identify and/or sympathize with the character. Well-defined character traits will bring your characters to life.