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Social Character Traits

by Ron Kurtus (revised 26 January 2014)

Social character traits are the attitudes you have toward other people and their belongings. The Universal Law for Social Character states that you should not to cause harm or losses to others, because others may ultimately come back and cause harm to you. Instead, try to do things that will benefit others.

These traits may be positive, negative or often in between, depending on the situation.

Positive social character traits lead to good relationships with others—both personal and professional. Negative personal character traits can result in having a bad reputation, being distrusted or even being disliked. Most of these traits are established through training from parents, while others are gained from peer groups.

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Typical positive and negative traits

Your social character traits may be positive or negative, depending on the situation. An example of a positive social character trait is honesty. The opposite, negative trait is dishonesty. Most people have a trait that lies between the extremes.

Typical positive and negative social character traits with respect to other people include:

Attitude

Positive trait

Negative trait

Honesty Dishonesty
Kindness Cruelty
Reliable Unreliable
Considerate Inconsiderate

Related to your success or failure

Your attitude toward other people can help to determine whether you will be a success or failure in dealing with those people.

People will like to deal with you if you are honest and can be trusted. Employers want workers who are reliable and responsible. Romantic relationships work best when both people are kind, considerate and trustworthy.

On the other hand, if you act obnoxious toward others, you may end up having no friends. No one wants to deal with a person who is dishonest or mean-spirited.

Developed until ingrained

Although the tendency toward some social character traits is inborn, most traits are really developed from parental training and influence as a very young child. There are attitudes you are "supposed to have" that are ingrained without any logical reasoning. Parents that are honest usually have honest children.

Influence of peers

Social character develops somewhat through the influence of peers and school. A teen that associates with friends that are reliable will often have the same attitude toward others.

Can change as an adult

Once ingrained, a social character trait is difficult—but not impossible—to change as an adult.

Summary

Social character traits are the attitudes you have toward other people. Positive social character traits lead to good relationships with others. Negative personal character traits can result in being distrusted or disliked. Most of these traits are established through training from parents, while others are gained from peer groups.


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