What Are Attributes of a Person?

Attributes of a person are characteristics he has that shape his behavior. Attributes can be considered positive or negative or can vary depending on the person. In psychology, personality types are determined by five factors, each of which involves specific attributes. These factors are openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. Personality tests are used to determine personality types.

Positive attributes include ambition, cheerfulness, compassion, courage, helpfulness, imagination, leadership, modesty, productivity, professionalism and sincerity. Negative attributes include arrogance, cowardice, foolishness, intolerance, nastiness, pessimism, rudeness and vanity.

Certain attributes, such as aggressiveness, can be positive or negative depending on the person and the situation. Aggressiveness is a negative trait for a teacher to have, but it is a positive trait for a professional fighter.

An individual’s attributes can change based on the actions that person takes. Playing sports can improve confidence and make a person stronger. Volunteering with homeless people can make a person more compassionate. Reading books improves intelligence.

Attributes can also affect other people. A person with a positive personality makes other people feel better, while a person with a negative personality makes those around him unhappy. Positive attributes benefit personal and business relationships. Attributes that help a person advance in his career include a good work ethic, goal-setting, kindness, loyalty, planning, willingness to change and time management skills.