Faith Forum: What's the worst trait to have as a human? (2023)

Faith Forum: What's the worst trait to have as a human? (1)

The list of bad human traits is long. It includes: arrogance, deception, delusion, dishonesty, ego, envy, greed, hatred, immorality, lying, selfishness, unreliability, violence, etc.

In ancient Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna lists the qualities which make a person more and more inhuman as hypocrisy, arrogance, conceit, anger, cruelty, ignorance.

Krishna points out in Gita: Egotistical, violent, arrogant, lustful, angry, envious of everyone; they abuse my presence within their own bodies and in the bodies of others.

We asked our panel of religious leaders of the region the following question: Which is the worst trait to have as a human?


Sherif A. Elfass, Northern Nevada Muslim Community President

Islam teaches us the good and the evil traits, some of which are envy, lying, cheating, selfishness, and laziness. However, I find arrogance, or “Kibr” as mentioned in the Quran, to be one of the worst traits. While having a big ego may not necessarily be bad, rejecting the truth and looking down on people is. Arrogance is a characteristic of Satan, which made him refuse to comply to Allah’s command and prostrate to Adam (PBUH) [Quran 7:11-12]. Thus, whoever wants to be arrogant should realize that he is acquiring a characteristic of the devils. Moreover, the one who is arrogant towards the people will be trampled beneath the feet of the people on the Day of Judgment. Arrogance is, also, a reason to deprive one from entering Paradise. Prophet (PBUH) reported saying: “No one who has an atom’s weight of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.”


Robert W. Chorey, Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno Curia Moderator

The beginning of Genesis reveals that God created all in harmony, including humanity. All was in harmony, in right relationship, until humanity chose otherwise.

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A choice rooted in a desire to be autonomous, independent, self-reliant, in control. A choice rooted in self-centeredness.

Thus chaos entered into creation; hurting the relationship with the divine, with each other and with the world around us.

This chaos still exists to this day. When we chose to be self-centered, to only see the “me” and not other persons, when we choose to be greedy, to not forgive, to not be compassionate, not be merciful, not give of ourselves. Death results from our self-centeredness.

Jesus Christ reconciles this and gives to us the path to restored harmony, to true life: a path of humility.

The choice to give of ourselves for the good of others. It is a choice of love.


Matthew T. Fisher, Reno Buddhist Center Resident Priest

The worst trait is our delusion of a permanent unchanging self. It manifests in our lives in the form of craving, thirsting, and wanting. We grasp at anything that seems permanent. What exists without interdependence? Nothing does. We long for a permanent unchanging center to our being, but reality does not support that view. From this longing comes all the strife we inflict on ourselves and others.

We are truly a loose and changeful association of consciousness and interaction. We are deeply interdependent with causes and conditions around us. We are an event rather than a thing. The sooner we see this, the sooner we can shift our view of life from wanting to having. From strife to joy. From division to unity. Without the delusion of self we see that we have everything we need to be happy - here and now in life together.


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Ryan J. Earl, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Assistant Area Public Affairs Director

Among the worst traits a human can possess is pride. In a thoughtful, powerful talk, former prophet and President of the Church, Ezra Taft Benson, warned against the sin of pride, noting, “The central feature of pride is enmity—enmity toward God and enmity toward our fellowmen.” See, Beware of Pride.

The proud wish God would agree with them, as opposed to humbling themselves to agree with God. When we direct our pride toward God, it is in the spirit of “my will and not thine be done.” The scriptures abound with evidences of the severe consequences of the sin of pride to individuals, groups, cities and nations.

Enmity toward our fellowmen leads us to elevate ourselves above others and diminish our fellowmen. Id. “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.


Brian E. Melendez, American Indian Spirituality Scholar

Inconsideration has to be the worst possible human trait any person can have. Who really wants to give precious time and energy, to someone who really doesn’t reciprocate? Not this guy. Coming from a tribal background, nothing is more detrimental to a community (or personal relationship), than investing in a person, who you know; blatantly doesn’t care for the needs of others.

We experience inconsiderate actions all the time in mainstream America, in subtle and not so subtle ways everyday—we are being desensitized. Corporate juggernauts don’t feel anyway (ethically, morally, or spiritually) about desecrating nature for money and we know this, and they know we know.

Inconsideration (often synonymous with selfishness) is the driving force that separates us from each other. Is it in the best interest of mass media or corporations to have us listening and loving? Who benefits from us not caring? Think about it…


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ElizaBeth Webb Beyer, Temple Beth Or Rabbi

For the average person, Rabbi Salanter (1700’s) says, “the affairs of man constantly vary, each person clinging to different transgressions…No person is like another when it comes to transgression.” Some are more inclined to neglect Torah study than unethical business practices or not giving charity, and for others it’s just the opposite. Each person has their own yetzer hara (evil inclination) which is the “worst trait” of that individual.

Perhaps the worst trait of all, and one fortunately affecting only a tiny percentage of the population, is a tendency towards serial murder. They are driven by an instinct and desire to kill, which may lead them to murder strangers. Some studies suggest those with extremely violent tendencies result from particular genes, yet other studies say it’s due to lack of nurturing. Regardless, the serial killer trait is apparently difficult to uproot. May G-d watch over those with such chilling tendencies.


Stephen R. Karcher, St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church Presiding Priest

We aren’t confusing arrogance with positive qualities like boldness, confidence, courage, daring or poise. Rather, we understand it as a trait marked by conceit, self-love, narcissism and egoism. Completely natural for every human being is virtue, but because of our brokenness, falleness and exile from God, we must work to acquire it. Without effort and the grace of God, we will develop bad traits. The worst of all is lack of humility, and to be filled instead with pride (in the negative sense). Arrogance is the source of everything bad, as Scripture says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Arrogance is a trait that doesn’t allow us to come to believe in God or to receive His grace. It doesn’t allow us to find the way to repentance. In other words, arrogant pride alienates us from God and prevents us from finding true human fulfillment.


Bradley S. Corbin, Baha’i Teacher

On no subject are the Bahá’í teachings more emphatic than on the necessity to abstain from fault-finding and backbiting while being ever eager to discover and root out our own faults and overcome our own failings. In both modern and indigenous cultures, people gossip. We freely criticize their actions, their choices and their characters, with little regard for how much that kind of activity hurts others. “That seeker should, also, regard backbiting as grievous error, and keep himself aloof from its dominion, inasmuch as backbiting quencheth the light of the heart, and extinguisheth the life of the soul.” Baha’u’llah. We are encouraged to be silent concerning the faults of others, to pray for them, through kindness, to correct their faults. Always look at the good and not at the bad. Never to allow ourselves to speak one unkind word about another, even though that other be our enemy.


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Bryan J. Smith, Co-Lead Pastor, Summit Christian Church, Sparks

From physical traits to quirks in our personality, we all have those areas of self we dislike. Generally, we’re self-aware and conscious of those areas. Sometimes these exist in our blind-spots making them are incredibly difficult to identify.

Pride typically exists in our blind-spots and is humanity’s worst trait. Pride allows an individual to think more highly of self at the expense of others. Pride perpetuates destructive cycles (think: anger, jealousy, coveting) all the while preventing restoration found in humility and reconciliation.

Of the seven sins God detests listed in Proverbs 6:16-19, topping the list is pride. The antithesis to pride is humility of which Christ is the greatest example. Philippians 2:6-11 goes to great lengths exploring all Christ humbly left in heaven to dwell on earth to serve humanity and bring restoration with God. While pride brings destruction, humility moves humanity toward greater health.


Kenneth G. Lucey, UNR philosophy/religion professor

The worst trait to have as a human being is not a simple one, but complex. Begin with a person being in a state of anomie. Sociologists say that a person is in state of anomie when he is in a condition of normlessness, i.e. lacking any moral norms. A person who has grown to maturity without acquiring any moral code whatsoever is considered to be in a state of anomie. But that is not the worst imaginable condition. Two further traits would complete the picture. Imagine an individual who is totally vicious, i.e. one who willing to inflict harm on others at whim and without any qualms. Next add to that mix the trait of being highly intelligent, like Holmes’ Moriarty. Thus we arrive at what seems to be the worst trait imaginable, namely the trait of being a highly intelligent, utterly vicious person in a state of anomie.

Next week’s topic:What to do when things don’t go “our way”?

Faith Forum is a weekly dialogue on religion produced by religious statesman Rajan Zed. Send questions or comments to or on twitter @rajanzed.


What are the worst traits a person can have? ›

The list of bad human traits is long. It includes: arrogance, deception, delusion, dishonesty, ego, envy, greed, hatred, immorality, lying, selfishness, unreliability, violence, etc.

What are positive and negative character traits? ›

Nice can be kind (positive) or passive/unassertive (negative) Strong-willed can be persistent (positive) or stubborn (negative) Sensitive can be caring/empathic (positive) or easily upset (negative) Honest can be communicative/trustworthy (positive) or insensitive/brutal (negative)

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  • Respectfulness. ...
  • Compassion. ...
  • Integrity. ...
  • Generosity. ...
  • Gratitude. Admirable people often have gratitude for the people and opportunities they've encountered throughout life.
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What are qualities of a person? ›

Updated August 8, 2022. Personal qualities are the characteristics, attributes or personality traits that make up and reflect who you are. Examples include honesty, dependability or having a good sense of humor or being dependable.

What are the 5 negative personality traits? ›

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  • Being critical and judgmental. ...
  • Lacking empathy. ...
  • Being manipulative. ...
  • Having a short temper. ...
  • Being aggressive and violent. ...
  • Being Arrogant. ...
  • Being pessimistic and always expecting the worst.

What is your worst trait interview question? ›

Keep it simple. When explaining your worst quality, keep your explanation simple. Don't spend a lot of time describing your worst quality because you want to keep the overall tone of the interview positive. Briefly mentioning your worst quality can keep it from seeming like a large part of your work ethic.

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What are the 4 types of personality? ›

The four temperament theory is a proto-psychological theory which suggests that there are four fundamental personality types: sanguine, choleric, melancholic, and phlegmatic.

What are negative affect traits? ›

Negative affect is regularly recognized as a "stable, heritable trait tendency to experience a broad range of negative feelings, such as worry, anxiety, self-criticisms, and a negative self-view". This allows one to feel every type of emotion, which is regarded as a normal part of life and human nature.

What makes a person good or bad? ›

There are actions, their consequences, and the society's perception. If our actions are for the benefit of others, then they are good. However, if they are harmful to any, they're bad.

What qualities make people great? ›

Qualities of Successful People
  • Passion. If you want to reach your goals, it helps to care a lot about what you're doing. ...
  • Optimism. The biggest successes often start out as fantastical goals. ...
  • Persistence. ...
  • Creativity. ...
  • Self-Discipline. ...
  • A Desire to Improve. ...
  • A Commitment to Learning.

What are the 6 traits of good character? ›

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What is ideal personality? ›

The ideal person or thing for a particular task or purpose is the best possible person or thing for it.

What are 7 bad human traits? ›

List of 7 Most Common Negative Character Traits
  • Rude.
  • Egocentric.
  • Greedy.
  • Biased.
  • Aggressive.
  • Disrespectful.
  • Manipulative.

What are the three bad personality types? ›

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What personality type is always negative? ›

History. The type D personality was defined in the 1990s, describing individuals who experience feelings of negativity, depression, anxiety, stress, chronic anger, and loneliness. The distressed personality type is also prone to pessimism, low self-esteem, and difficulty making personal connections with others.

What would you say is your weakest trait? ›

Example: “My greatest weakness is that I sometimes have a hard time letting go of a project. I'm the biggest critic of my work. I can always find something that needs to be improved or changed. To help myself improve in this area, I give myself deadlines for revisions.

What's your greatest weakness? ›

Answer “what is your greatest weakness” by choosing a skill that is not essential to the job you're applying to and by stressing exactly how you're practically addressing your weakness. Some skills that you can use as weaknesses include impatience, multitasking, self-criticism, and procrastination.

What roles are you not good at? ›

Some examples of tasks you might want to discuss include:
  • Paperwork.
  • Stock-taking.
  • Cold-calling.
  • Dealing with customer complaints.
  • Resolving conflicts between colleagues.
  • Negotiating system failures or technical problems.
  • Cleaning.
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What are the 15 personality traits? ›

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  • Compassionate. ...
  • Conscientious. ...
  • Courageous. ...
  • Flexible. ...
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  • Humble.
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What are the negative things in a person? ›

Constant worrying, complaining about anything and everything, lack of confidence, gloom and anxiety can be soul-destroying. These are the traits common among negative people. In life, as they say, there will be always good times and bad times too.

What is the rarest personality type? ›

Overall, the rarest personality type is INFJ

The rarest personality type is the INFJ personality type, known as 'The Counselor'. INFJ is the rarest personality type across the population, occurring in just 2% of the population. It is also the rarest personality type among men.

What are the 5 big personality traits? ›

The five broad personality traits described by the theory are extraversion (also often spelled extroversion), agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.

What's a Type C personality? ›

The type C personality can be better described as someone who thrives on being accurate, rational and applying logic to everything they do. They can however also struggle to emote their feelings and hold a lot in when things go awry, preferring to to be less assertive and be more cooperative in nature.

What things affect a person's traits? ›

A trait, as related to genetics, is a specific characteristic of an individual. Traits can be determined by genes, environmental factors or by a combination of both. Traits can be qualitative (such as eye color) or quantitative (such as height or blood pressure).

What does harmful trait mean? ›

Toxic traits refer to habits, behaviors, and ongoing actions that harm others. Many toxic traits (like self-centeredness) can be subtle, and we want to see the best in people. Naturally, identifying toxic people in your life can be tricky.

What affects personality traits? ›

Studies have concluded that human personalities and temperaments are shaped by both genetics and our environment; while we may be born with certain personality traits, there still is the possibility to develop others as we experience life.

What are your three strongest qualities? ›

Some examples of strengths you might mention include:
  • Enthusiasm.
  • Trustworthiness.
  • Creativity.
  • Discipline.
  • Patience.
  • Respectfulness.
  • Determination.
  • Dedication.

How do I know if I'm a good person? ›

Here are some signs you're a better person than you think.
  • You act with good intentions and compassion.
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What is the difference between a nice person and a good person? ›

Likewise a “good” person is a moral person, whereas a “nice” person is someone who is pleasant to be around.

What are 3 examples of personal qualities? ›

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How do you know if someone is not good for you? ›

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  • You're constantly confused by the person's behavior.
  • You feel like you deserve an apology that never comes.
  • You always have to defend yourself to this person.
  • You never feel fully comfortable around them.
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What are 10 bad personality traits? ›

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  • Apathetic.
  • Argumentative.
  • Cowardly.
  • Impulsive.
  • Self-centered.
  • Dishonest.
  • Unable to empathize.
  • Jealous.

What is toxic traits? ›

Toxic traits can be defined as any persistent pattern of behavior that is undermining or harmful to others, according to psychologist and toxic family expert Sherrie Campbell, Ph. D. As she tells mindbodygreen, this can be anything from manipulation to selfishness to generally lacking empathy.

What is the most common toxic trait? ›

Controlling. One of the most dangerous traits of a toxic person is controlling behavior. They may try to restrict you from contacting your friends or family, or limit resources like transportation or access to money to restrict your ability to interact with the world around you.

Which one of the Big Five personality traits most negatively? ›

Neuroticism is one of the Big Five personality traits that affect people most negatively if they have too much of it. Neuroticism means the tendency to experience negative feelings, such as anxiety, depression, anger, frustration, withdrawal, loss of self-confidence, etc.

What are the 4 toxic behaviors? ›

The four behaviours are Blaming, Contempt, Defensiveness and Stonewalling. Relationship expert Dr John Gottman termed these "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" as they spell disaster for any personal or professional relationship.

What is a typical toxic person? ›

A toxic person is anyone whose behavior adds negativity and upset to your life. Many times, people who are toxic are dealing with their own stresses and traumas. To do this, they act in ways that don't present them in the best light and usually upset others along the way.

Can a good person have toxic traits? ›

You can be a good person with toxic traits. In fact, everyone displays negative behavior from time to time. Many people also develop toxic traits as a coping mechanism. For example, many dishonest people lie about their lives to protect themselves from other people's judgment.

What is the top toxic thing ever? ›

1. Botulinum toxin. Scientists differ about the relative toxicities of substances, but they seem to agree that botulinum toxin, produced by anaerobic bacteria, is the most toxic substance known. Its LD50 is tiny – at most 1 nanogram per kilogram can kill a human.

Is overthinking a toxic trait? ›

Overthinking strikes all of us at some point, but if it goes unchecked and unresolved, overthinking can certainly morph healthy relationships into toxic relationships. If you fall victim to your thoughts and allow them to go too far, they can end up driving a wedge of distrust between you and other people in your life.

What makes people toxic? ›

The toxic traits of a toxic person include unsupportive and unpleasant behavior, being manipulative, judgmental, controlling, and self-centered. Such people can be the cause of various negative feelings and emotions that you may be experiencing like depression, anxiousness, worthlessness, and unhappiness.

What is the most annoying trait in a person? ›

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  • Self-centeredness. Highly irritating people tend to be self-centered and focused on their own needs and wants. ...
  • Inconsiderate behaviour. ...
  • Overbearing personality. ...
  • Constant complaining. ...
  • Negativity. ...
  • Disrespectful behaviour. ...
  • Lack of boundaries.
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What are 3 things people hate? ›

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What is the most likeable personality trait? ›

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