Depressive Personality Type

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Character Strengths and Virtues

  1. Seriousness, sobriety.
  2. Humility, modesty.
  3. Responsibility.
  4. Deliberateness, cautiousness.
  5. Honesty, realism, judiciousness.
  6. Prudence, attentiveness, preparedness, anticipation.
  7. Contrition, thoughtfulness, justice, fairness, concern, equitableness.

Traits or Behaviors


Management Style





Good/Bad Matches


Real World



duty and responsibility, seriousness, sobriety, solemnity, unpretentiousness, realism, honesty, trustworthiness, steadfastness, loyalty, dependability, predictability, self-criticism, reflection, thinking, analyzing, evaluating, ruminating, anticipation of problems, preparation, sharp appraisal of others, criticism of others, critiques of others, contrition, self-evaluation, no-nonsense behavior, work, routine, productivity, frugality, risk avoidance, perseverance, self-reliance, survival


failing in duty or responsibility, irresponsibility, emotional expression, pretentiousness, intoxication, frivolity, vanity, self-importance, lack of reflection, impulsiveness, dishonesty, untrustworthiness, lack of steadfastness, disloyalty, undependability, unpredictability, surprises, being fooled, being thoughtless to others, not being prepared for the worst, being impolite to others, nonsensical behavior, activism, asserting one's rights, being satisfied with oneself, being satisfied with current circumstances, being positive toward the future, being cheerful, looking at the bright side, optimism, positions of authority, politics, socializing, taking initiative

Noteworthy Examples

Tori Amos, Aaron T. Beck, Laura Bush, Joseph Campbell, Rosalynn Carter, Miguel de Cervantes, Prince Charles, John Dewey, CĂ©line Dion, Don Quixote, George Eliot, Elizabeth II, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Fonda, Henry Ford, Anna Freud, Martha Freud, Hugh Grant, Andrew Jackson, Samuel Johnson, Garrison Keillor, Grace Kelly, Rose Kennedy, John Kerry, Jay Leno, Abraham Lincoln, Norman Rockwell, John Steinbeck, Jimmy Stewart, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Henry David Thoreau, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Pete Townsend, Vanna White.

==References== Reference Section 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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