45 Qualities of a person: what they are and examples


In this article, I want to explain what are the qualities that can differentiate some people from others. In addition, you will find a list of the qualities that are most often present in people with examples.

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We are all unique in our species. This statement is given by the difficulty, or better said, the impossibility, of finding two people exactly one hundred percent identical. But not only in terms of physical equality, but also in terms of qualities, abilities and aptitudes.

But do we really understand what sets us apart? Today, in this article, I want to explain what are the qualities that can differentiate some people from others. In addition, at the end of the article, you will find a list of the qualities that are most often present in people with examples.

Qualities of a person

1. What are the qualities of a person?

According to the Larousse Dictionary of Psychology, quality can be defined as that property that characterizes a subject or object. Sometimes, it indicates the way of being of an experiential content that is difficult to define, as when speaking of the quality of a sound or a feeling.

However, in this article, we are going to focus on qualities as those characteristics that have the objective of distinguishing and defining people

The qualities of a person can be either natural from birth or acquired throughout life. Although there are negative qualities, we tend to describe people with those positive qualities that characterize them.

At the same time, it is also necessary to know that the qualities can be either objective, that is, they cannot be questioned since they obey a specific reality, or subjective, which depend on the point of view of the observer.

2. Is it the same qualities and abilities?

Although both concepts often tend to be confused, each one of them has its own characteristics that differentiate it from the other. As far as the qualities are concerned, these have the peculiarity that the characteristic that the individual possesses tends to differentiate him from others.

However, having a skill refers to having a skill or ability that allows you to perform a certain action.

The skills of a person can be classified according to two basic types, those that allow us to develop in the cognitive field and those that allow us to develop in the professional field:

Regarding cognitive abilities, we find:

  • intellectual ability
  • ability to learn
  • psychoanalytic ability

While the skills in the professional field are the following:

  • Digital and information skills
  • managerial skills
  • Skills in the social field or social skills

3. Skills and the World Health Organization

According to the WHO, there is a list of 10 skills that all people should develop throughout their lives:

  1. Self-knowledge
  2. Empathy
  3. Assertive communication
  4. Relationships
  5. Decision-making
  6. Resolution of problems and conflicts
  7. Creative thinking
  8. Critical thinking
  9. Managing emotions
  10. Tension and stress management

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4. What are the qualities of a person: 35 examples

In addition to the 10 qualities named by the WHO, people can have many other characteristics. In the following list, I name and define 35 qualities which we can find present in people and that make each of them unique:

  1. Learning: ease of learning in any context of everyday life.
  2. Autonomy: capacity that a person has to decide independently and independently. It allows the person not to be influenced and coerced by third parties.
  3. Kindness: a person's propensity to be good and thus to perform good deeds. Normally these tend to do good.
  4. Compassion: they are people capable of understanding and being kind to others, even sharing their pain. It can also be directed at oneself, so it is called self-compassion.
  5. Commitment: person who undertakes their goals with enthusiasm and effort.
  6. Eloquence: ability that some people have to express themselves correctly verbally regardless of the scenario that is presented to them. They are not hindered by physical or psychological defects.
  7. Mental flexibility: they can quickly adapt to new situations that arise.
  8. Strength: crucial to face all those obstacles that can be put in front of you. It refers to both emotional and mental strength, as well as physical strength.
  9. Generosity: you have the ability to share what you have with those who have less without thinking about your own well-being. With this test, you will be able to know your level of altruism and generosity.
  10. Honesty: characterized by not being afraid to tell the truth, they are sincere both with themselves and with others. They tend to build trust.
  11. Humility: one's own strengths and abilities are accepted, but without flaunting them.
  12. Loyalty: either towards other people or towards a specific cause, loyal people have a high level of commitment and sacrifice towards it.
  13. Leadership: leadership is the ability to guide others to achieve a common goal. Necessary for those who wish to be leaders.
  14. Mental maturity: quality of a person that indicates their ability to act appropriately and correctly in different situations without negatively affecting those around them.
  15. Optimism: ability to see both other people and situations positively. They tend to be able to overcome situations of failure, obtaining from them a learning for the future.
  16. Oratory: quality of a person to speak correctly in front of a group of listeners. These people also tend to have great eloquence.
  17. Patience: quality of a person capable of waiting for someone or something. It is closely linked to the inner strength to repress immediate needs.
  18. Perfectionism: this is not always linked to a positive capacity, since being a very perfectionist person can delay and even prevent the delivery of jobs and projects. However, in its fair measure, it allows a person to seek both personal and work improvement.
  19. Persistence: refers to the constancy in the actions to be able to reach the proposed objective. People with this quality do not allow themselves to be defeated by the adversities that may arise.
  20. Prudence: the person possessing this quality has the ability to analyze all the existing possibilities in a situation and act in the most favorable way.
  21. Realistic: having an adequate notion of the environment, allows the person who possesses it, not to separate from the conditions of the present.
  22. Resilience: You have the ability to overcome traumatic circumstances and use those events as lessons to help you move forward.
  23. Respect: a person with this quality recognizes that their differences with other people are neither better nor worse. This is an essential quality for the social life of an individual.
  24. Responsibility: commitments are assumed taking into account one's own capacities, as well as accepting the possible consequences that the actions to be carried out may generate.
  25. Sensitivity: allows people to show their emotions to external stimuli.
  26. Serenity: reflects the inner calm of people in situations of stress or urgency. This quality is closely linked to self-control.
  27. Tenacity: person who has a great commitment to achieve those things that are proposed.
  28. Tolerance: This quality allows people to accept the differences of other people, seeing them as something normal.
  29. Courage: refers to the vigor that a person possesses when executing an action. People with this quality manage to overcome their fears and act decisively and firmly.
  30. Versatility: person with the ability to perform various actions, roles or tasks without the need to be limited to just one. This quality is highly sought after in the workplace.
  31. Acceptance: both of reality and of oneself. It is important to differentiate acceptance from resignation. Acceptance consists of stopping fighting against what is not up to us to change, but working to improve what is in our hands.
  32. Gratitude: consists of appreciating and being grateful for everything we have.
  33. Sense of humor: the ability to bring out the funny side and spread joy to others.
  34. Dignity: respecting one's own rights for the simple fact of being a person. Connect with your dignity and increase your self-love.
  35. Enthusiasm: positive attitude characterized by motivation and joy.


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