Characteristics: The Traits and Qualities that Make Up a Person

By Staff WriterLast Updated May 27, 2020 7:28:47 PM ET
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Characteristics are identifiable qualities or traits. They may describe the physical body. They could also describe the psychological makeup or personality of a person. Researchers refer to the most well-known personality characteristics as the "Big Five." These include openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Physical characteristics may include traits like face shape and eye color.


Personality characteristics tell you about the inner workings of someone. These traits can also show you how they operate in the workplace and mesh with society. Physical characteristics describe the outward appearance.