Sunday, March 9, 2014

Assets & Shortcomings

For decades now I’ve been fascinated by the assets and shortcomings that establish a personality. It’s only been in the past few years that I’ve come to realize these pluses and minuses are actually closely related. In fact, a positive trait can, in a heartbeat, become a deficiency. For the most part we’re not aware of when this change occurs--it simply does, sometimes as a function of age, often as the result of a particularly demanding life experience.
With that in mind, I started cataloguing the character traits we all possess, and their relationship to one another, good and bad.  This is what I’ve come up so far. Any thoughts?
ASSETS                                  SHORTCOMINGS
Am I:                                       Or:
  1. Passionate                               Obsessive
  2. Assertive                                 Aggressive
  3. Honest                                     Abusive
  4. Responsible                            Controlling
  5. Accepting                                Resigned
  6. Factual                                    Dramatic
  7. Persevering                             Stubborn
  8. Giving                                     Victimized
  9. Serene                                     Ignorant
  10. Solitary                                   Isolationist
  11. Hectic                                      Chaotic
  12. Trusting                                   Expecting
  13. Ethical                                     Obstinate
  14. Respectful                               Demanding
More and more, I’ve come to realize that most of us are complex amalgams of all of the above. This is simply a starter list and I’m sure not all will agree with it. I’d love to get your thoughts!

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