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From a psychological perspective, character refers to how a person is, that is, we understand character as a set of traits that define the person as they are. In addition, it should be noted that personality is formed by the character and temperament of people.
Some authors affirm that the character can be modified throughout the life of the person, according to their experiences in relation to education, the environment, health, life experiences, among others.
Then, in this article: 11 types of character of a person, I will focus on explaining eleven different characters with the traits that can define a person.
1. Phlegmatic character
The first of the character types of a person is the phlegmatic character. People with a phlegmatic character tend to be very patient, a fact that leads them to be persevering and methodical when they want to achieve what they set out to do and, furthermore, they are indifferent to the possible difficulties that may arise.
However, these people have difficulties in making decisions since, although their opinions are independent, they tend to worry about the consequences of their actions that may appear in the long term.
There are other aspects that characterize people with a phlegmatic character, such as the fact that they are calm, controlled, introspective, very intelligent, open-minded people who care about their principles, among others.
2. Choleric character
People with choleric character are defined by a great facility to adapt to changes, they are usually in a good mood, although they can get angry quickly.
They are people with great intelligence and courage. Due to their ease in adapting to new situations, people with a choleric character are usually people who like changes, so they like to be active and go in search of new sensations.
For this reason they are not usually very patient or disciplined people, since they have a need for change that prevents or makes it difficult, this being the negative point of people with a choleric character.
These are people who often tend to exaggerate what happens to them, letting themselves be carried away by their impulses. In addition, this character characterizes people as impulsive, extroverted, active, innovative, excitable and talkative.
3. Serguine character
The third of the character types of a person is the sanguine character. People who are defined by a sanguine character are characterized by being calm and brave, although they also tend to be selfish, distrustful and cynical.
In addition, they are very practical people who are passionate about both work and money. They are also used to being good at abstract thinking, but on the contrary, they are not interested in deep conversations, but have a great preference for practical things and the present.(here and now).
People with a sanguine character tend to relate easily to other people, and also tend to have a great ability to understand difficult and complicated situations.
Finally, it should be noted that these are very liberal people in terms of their political ideology.
4. Apathetic character
People who have an apathetic character are usually people with a lack of interests and ideas. They also have difficulties relating to other people.
They are melancholic, closed, stubborn, passive, indifferent, lazy, difficult to get to know people, and they like routines. As for the emotions that apathetic people usually feel, they are generally negative and persistent emotions, that is, they last constantly over time.
However, people with an apathetic character are fine in solitude, therefore, their difficulties in relating to others are not a problem since they do not need the company of others to feel good and be happy.
5. Passionate character
People with a passionate character are more cautious than those with a choleric character, although they also tend to like movement and activity.
People with a passionate character are characterized by being aggressive, determined and giving great importance to honor, loyalty and/or objectivity.
People of passionate character tend to like order and tend to be politically conservative. These are people who tend to value traditions in great measure and usually show altruistic behavior with those people who are subjugated under their power.
6. Sentimental character
The sixth of the character types of a person is the sentimental character. As their name suggests, people with a sentimental character are characterized by the constant presence of a very strong sentimental and emotional component.
They tend to feel very powerful and strong but persistent emotions, whether negative or positive. Thus, these people tend to be observant, subjective, retrospective, obsessive, stubborn, idealistic and romantic.
In addition, they often have difficulties accepting changes and, generally, they are not comfortable with themselves.
7. Nervous character
People with a nervous character are people who tend to feel very strongly and powerfully everything that happens to them. They are very energetic, impulsive, playful, touchy, messy, undisciplined, and frivolous people.
People with this type of character tend to have difficulty making decisions, lose interest in anything easily and quickly, and often seek adventures and new experiences. Nervous people change their mood easily and tend to exaggerate everything that happens to them.
8. Amorphous character
The eighth of the character types of a person is the amorphous character. People with an amorphous character are mainly characterized by being lazy, messy, clumsy, calm, conformist, impressionable, they avoid efforts and tend to postpone the things they have to do for later ("I'll do it later", "I'd better leave it for tomorrow", etc.).
People with this type of character do not pay attention to the consequences they may have in the future, they only live in the present and, therefore, do not give much importance to the consequences of their actions, and they do what is fair and necessary to be able to live day-to-day trying to satisfy basic needs, such as eating and sleeping.
9. Insecure character
People with the insecure character type are usually people who have difficulties carrying out their actions, as their name says, they have personal and emotional insecurity and doubt their actions, whether they are correct or not, whether they will have negative consequences, among others.
There are different aspects that can characterize people who have an insecure character: people with this type of character have a great lack of self-confidence, they avoid breaking with routine and getting to know new things and situations.
They experience continuous problems in their personal relationships: reference is usually made to jealousy, mistrust, among others. This fact, on many occasions, leads to a low self-esteem of the person with an insecure character.
In people with this type of character, their thoughts are usually negative, they see the bad side of everything.
10. Obsessive character
The obsessive character is typical of people who usually perform many rituals and routines in order to reduce the anxiety that this would cause if those routines were not carried out.
They are usually characterized by being people who tend to worry too much about day-to-day problems and situations, they think about everything a lot (conversations, images, thoughts, situations...), to the point of not being able to control or stop these constant thoughts. That make me not stop thinking about things.
On some occasions, all this leads to a negative effect on the mood and behavior of people with this type of character. People with an obsessive character are usually perfectionists, maniacs, orderly, with an extreme need to clean both the things around them and their own body, among others.
However, it is important not to confuse obsessiveness with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
11. Sensitive character
Sensitive people tend to be very sensitive and with a high degree of sensitivity. Sensitive people have difficulty making decisions, they are affected by some strong sounds or smells, they show sensitivity to criticism what other people can do to them.
For this reason, others tend to tell them things in a softer and more tactful way, to prevent it from affecting them too much.
Other characteristics of sensitive people are having too much empathy, they are often very affected by other people's problems. They also prefer to work as a team, but without having to make the final decisions.
Finally, people with this character type show fear of risks. That is, they have a preference for not breaking with their daily situations and routines and not looking for new sensations and experiences.
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