Cyclothymic Personality Type

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Character Strengths and Virtues

  1. Creativity, Originality, Humorousness, Wittiness.
  2. Energy, Diligence, Studiousness, Attentiveness, Persistence, Perseverance, Purposefulness,
  3. Resoluteness, Zealousness, Enthusiasm; Dutifulness, Honorableness; Vigilance, Alertness,
  4. Sensibility, Intelligence, Resourcefulness, Wisdom; Firmness, Tenacity, Independence.
  5. Refinement, Magnificence.
  6. Generosity, Liberality, Courtesy, Graciousness; Charity, Kindness, Affability, Empathy,
  7. Sensitivity, Concern, Friendliness; Tenderness, Agreeableness, Fraternity.
  8. Sincerity, Straightforwardness, Integrity, Justice, Fairness.
  9. Confidence, Self-Esteem, Hope, Cheerfulness, Joyfulness, Sociability.
  10. Naturalness.

Traits or Behaviors




Management Style



Real World



Good/Bad Matches


"immediate physical pleasure (good food, drink, sex, etc.)" (Miles); "heightened emotional intensity (love, risk, danger, art, conquest, etc.)" (ibid); a thing, experience, or activity that "helps one develop and/or reaffirm a realistically based self-control" (ibid); creativity, skill, know-how, art, expertise, dignity, distance, freedom, passion, leadership ability, energy, drive, optimism, lack of inhibition, heightened mood, self-confidence, decreased need for sleep, irritability, aggressive behavior, increased physical and mental activity, rapid speech and thinking, impulsiveness, adventurous behavior in spending, business, driving, and sexual relations,


lack of creativity, lack of passion, lack of leadership ability, lack of energy, lack of drive, pessimism, inhibition, depressed mood, lack of self-confidence, markedly diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities, significant changes in appetite or sleep patterns, lack of motivation, lethargy, feelings of guilt or unworthiness, lack of concentration, indecisiveness, slowing speech, thought, and body movement, physical agitation and restlessness

Noteworthy Examples

Honore de Balzac, Ludwig van Beethoven, Dick Butkus, Lord George Gordon Byron, Sir Winston Churchill, Rosemary Clooney, Francis Ford Coppola, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Patty Duke, Amelia Earhart, T.S. Eliot, Larry Flynt, St. Francis of Assisi, Vincent van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, Kay Redfield Jamison, Vince Lombardi, Malcolm Lowry, Jay Marvin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Rembrandt van Rijn, Theodore Roosevelt, Jonathan Winters.


John M. Oldham and Lois B. Morris (1995). The New Personality Self-Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love and Act the Way You Do. New York: Bantam.

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