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WORDS THAT DESCRIBE PERSONALITY TYPES AND TRAITS
1. artistic. Describes a person who has creative skills or serious
interest in the arts. Charles knew from an early age that his artistic
interests would lead to a career as a painter.
2. altruist. A person who is more interested in the welfare of oth-
ers than in himself or herself. Even young altruists are able to ﬁnd
programs to beneﬁt from their charitable work.
3. egotist. A person who is self-centered and thinks himself or her-
self better than others. Cinderella’s stepsisters were deﬁnitely ego-
tists; they never considered the poor girl at all.
4. extrovert. An outgoing, gregarious person who enjoys the com-
pany of others. Mary Lou, secretary of the glee club and class presi-
dent, is a ﬁne example of an extrovert.
5. gourmet. A person who is very serious about the quality of
food—sometimes called a foodie. My mother is an out-and-out
gourmet; she loves to spend hours in the kitchen, and everything she
makes is delicious.
6. introvert. A person who is shy. My parents think I’m an introvert
because I like spending a lot of time reading by myself.
7. laconic. A person who uses as few words as possible to commu-
nicate ideas. My teenage brother has become dramatically laconic; he
rarely speaks, and usually only grunts.
8. loner. A person who prefers to be alone, and avoids the com-
pany of others. We’ve never met our next door neighbor; we refer to
him as The Loner of Lambert Lane.
9. loquacious. Describes a person who is very chatty and talkative.
My friend Jennie is always in trouble at school because she’s so
10. narcissist. A person who thinks only of himself or herself. The
country’s dictator was a terrible narcissist; he didn’t care at all for the
welfare of his people.
11. pretentious. Describes a person who is always trying to impress
others and pretends to be very important or wise. It is very pre-
tentious to use big words when small ones will communicate just as
12. prodigy. A person, usually quite young, who is unusually tal-
ented or gifted. Jonathan, a true chess prodigy, won his ﬁrst
national competition at age ﬁve.