10 Surprising Character Traits That Are Actually Mental Illnesses

Character traits are often described as unique personal qualities that the people we know have. This differs from person to person. Some people are born with certain character traits while others grow up and develop them or adopt them through experiences. You may have noticed some unique moral beliefs that certain people have that make them more likable than others. A good example is honesty. You will notice when that one person you know is always honest and never lies.


This is their character trait because that certain outlook to life makes them the kind of person they are. If you have a friend who is always honest, you will always go to him for advice or to get feedback on something. You will always trust them because of their honest character.

Character and personality

One should never confuse personality and character as the two are very different from one another. Personality is what you are on the outside for the world to see but your character reveals what you feel on the inside. Both can affect a person’s attitude and behavior hence, both are often used interchangeably.

Character and personality

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A better distension between the two

Personality traits can be described as a range of distinctive personal qualities of an individual whereas character traits are a set of beliefs and morals that a person learns through life that in the end define him as a person. Personality traits tend to change but character traits stay the same and are hard to change.

Better distension between the two

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1 Negligence

Every human being wishes to survive without working. Nevertheless, all of us have to work, even if it is unwillingly. But some people are a little more unwilling. If you know someone who takes more than a few sick leaves, leaves on sudden vacations and shows up to work late quite often, they may not just be negligent or carefree. Psychologists would diagnose them as having an antisocial personality disorder.


Some of the symptoms which can help identify if a person is afflicted by this are:

  • Unnecessary compulsive lying
  • Quitting jobs without plans for the future
  • The desire to lie at the expense of other people
  • Spending money on unnecessary and unplanned purchases


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How to deal with it

People, who suffer from this disorder, need to be helped with time management. They need to stick to routines and finish tasks within given periods of time and rewarded for it. This will help in developing a habit. Psychologists recommend an exercise called “the overview of choices” for antisocial people. This involves writing down a problem and listing all the possible ways out of it and weighing the pros and cons of each. This can help make rational decisions.


Shyness, if not checked can gradually develop into total isolation. The person will seek jobs which do not require communication and will gradually stop communicating with the outside world. They will stop feeling strong emotions and interact as minimally as possible. Thus, hypertrophied introversion leads to a schizoid personality disorder.


Some of the symptoms which can help identify if a person is afflicted by this are:

  • Lack of an emotional response to praise, punishment, critique or admonishments
  • The absence of close friends or the presence of only one close friend
  • The person feels hypersensitivity and is scared to show this to his or her environment
  • Often dreaming of unrealistic and impossible things

How to deal with it

The best way to avoid this disorder is to participate in group activities like dance lessons, learning a new language or any other art. Staying in contact with people is a helpful hack. Another way to avoid increasing misanthropy is by replacing the phrase “I don’t like people who…” with the phrase “I don’t like this thing about this person…” (Can be a behavioral trait, dressing sense, appearance or habits of a person). This will ensure the person that there is something good in each person and everything is not negative.


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Procrastination features in the daily lives of most young people. The actual reason behind it is that, youths rebel against things they cannot openly rebel against by putting off work and other necessary actions for later. However, if this is done for too long and too much, then it can lead to a passive-aggressive personality disorder. A little rebelliousness in school and college years is no cause for worry. However, if this persists into adulthood, it may be troublesome.

Identify the difference using these symptoms as parameters:

  • Taking a long time to complete work of poor quality. Lack of dedication in work
  • Being aggressive and taking offense when someone tries to offer advice on how to work better and faster.
  • Harsh criticism and hatred towards people in positions of power.
  • Irritable responses to normal requests such as household work, etc.

How to deal with it

The exercise of “the overview of choices” will help here too. Another exercise that can help greatly is to imagine you are in the position of someone you fell anger towards and thinking of their feelings. This will make you more sensitive to others.


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4Impulsiveness and temper

A person who is impulsive and has anger issues is likely to develop a borderline personality disorder. Impulsiveness is nothing to worry about but when paired with a temper, it can lead to this disorder. This basically includes a polar change in opinion at frequent intervals of time. For instance, today you hate ketchup but next week, you slather your food in ketchup.

Some symptoms that deserve attention are:

  • Frequent and unstable friendships and relationships.
  • Fleeting romances.
  • Unnecessary and unmotivated wastage of money.
  • Risking one’s life willingly, by driving carelessly, etc.
  • Frequent mood swings accompanied by periods of intense aching boredom.

Anger management is necessary for people who are affected by this disorder. Self-identification and self-control, with small rewards to motivate, can also prove helpful.

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