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Reflecting on Personal Character: Identifying and Improving Low-Quality Traits

In our journey of self-improvement, confronting our less admirable traits is often the most challenging yet transformative step. “Reflecting on Personal Character: Identifying and Improving Low-Quality Traits” is an insightful exploration into how we can recognize and refine aspects of our character that may be hindering our growth. Whether it’s impulsiveness, procrastination, or a tendency to be judgmental, this guide provides practical advice and strategies to help you turn your weaknesses into strengths. By understanding and addressing these traits, we unlock the door to personal development and a more fulfilling life. Join us as we delve into the methods and mindsets that can lead you to a better version of yourself.

From time to time, I read books and watch YouTube videos by experts who have advanced theoretical knowledge in psychology and have applied this knowledge in real life, communicating directly with people. I take notes from these readings and viewings. Here, I will share a collection of items that I have compiled from these notes. My aim is for everyone reading this article to stand in front of the mirror of self-appraisal.

Think of these items as mirrors, and we see ourselves in these mirrors. In the end, we think, ‘I have these traits, I must correct them immediately.’ Reaching this point is no small achievement. Even if one does not say, ‘I must improve myself,’ just recognizing that one possesses these traits is a significant gain, in my opinion. Because some of us are not even aware of the traits we possess.

Now, let’s move on to these items:

1- Rude people who think being polite is stupid. They dismiss those who epitomize elegance and courtesy as if they had been trained in a palace.

2- People who get along with others when their interests do not clash but become monsters, thinking only of themselves and their close circle, when they see their interests jeopardized.

3- People who think everyone else is a ‘slave’ and themselves as ‘masters.’ These are the ones who make excuses and sit aside in a communal activity like a picnic, waiting for things to fall into their laps as if entitled.

4- People who freely disclose family secrets that should remain within the family circle. Such individuals are unaware of the concept of family, personal space, privacy, and the boundaries that should be respected.

5- People filled with insincere ‘yeses.’ They say, ‘What can I do? This is how I was raised. I can’t stop loving people,’ agreeing to every request and then turning their backs, forgetting their promises instantly.

6- People who engage in shallow, superficial conversations that waste the time of their interlocutors.

7- People who lie believing it to be the truth and even base their actions and judgments on those lies.

8- People who gossip excessively and take great pleasure in it. Remember, those who gossip with you will likely gossip about you with others.

9- People who dress beyond their socioeconomic and cultural status to fulfill a desire to impress, revealing their own low quality in the process. They might not realize what they’re doing, or perhaps they are aware. Brands are often used as masks to cover up their lack of quality.

10- People who use vulgar language. Typically, these individuals try to cover their cultural deficiencies through vulgar jokes and empty stories when they are with others.

11- People who focus conversations on individuals rather than ideas or events, always bringing the conversation back to what they would have done differently.

12- People who are close-minded and resistant to growth and change. These are the ones who say, ‘This is how I’ve always seen it done.’

13- People lacking empathy, unable to see things from another’s perspective, always asserting their own righteousness.

There are actually many more notes I have taken, some of which might be considered repetitive, so I will stop here. Let me finish by saying; people who center their lives around themselves and disregard others around them are low-quality people. The burning question then is; how do we relate to such people? Everyone must make their own decision, but that is not the aim of this article. The goal is to ask ourselves, ‘Am I a low-quality person?'”

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Dr. Ahmet Kurucan is a an author and scholar focusing on Islamic Studies and Law.

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