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Catalog of Unusual Human Traits

This is intended as a resource for creative writers for character development. It's meant to include all major categories of how people can be described.

Mental

Psychopath

Sociopath

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Bipolar

Emotional Excess — Anger, anxiety, depression, disgust, bliss, surprise, suspicion, confidence, phobias, paranoia, apathy, embarassment.

Schizophrenia

Autism

Tourettes

Aspergers

Dyslexia

Narcissism

Neurotic

ADD / ADHD

Introversion/Extroversion

Anti-social

Attention-seeking / Attention-avoiding

Dependent/Independent

Vain/Inadequate

Passive-Aggressive

Addiction — To alcohol, drugs, sex.

Impulsive

Conflict-seeking / Conflict-avoiding

Authority respecting / Authority defiance

Adherence to social conventions

Stable / volatile

Manipulative

Agreeable / Disagreeable

Detail-oriented / Big-picture oriented

Down-to-earth / Shallow

Stimulus-seeking / novelty-avoiding

Overreaction / under-reaction

Stubborn / Suggestible

Shy

Self-conscious

Embarrassed

Dominant / Submissive

Mature / immature

Selfish / unselfish

Compassionate / Empathetic / Uncompassionate / Unempathetic

Judgements by others — beautiful, ugly, mediocre, competent, incompetent, loyal, devoted, reliable, efficient, and productive

Fears — Rejection, performance anxiety, judgement, stage-fright

Quirky

Optimistic / Pessimistic

Hopeless

Suicidal

Restless

Aggressive

Hallucinatory

Resentful

Contrary

Skeptical

Discontented

Sullen, withdrawn

Moody, irritable

Hostile, abrasive, cruel, dogmatic

Intimidating, humiliating 

Opinionated, close-minded

Sadist / Masochist

Deferential, pleasure-phobic, servile, blameful, self-effacing

Warm / Cold

Unconcerned, dispassionate, fearless, shameles, restrained

Assertive / Submissive

Active / Passive

Fantasy / Concrete

Aesthetics-focused

Kinesthetic

Dogmatic

Trusting / Distrustful

Straightforward / Deceptive

Altruistic / Exploitative

Compliance / Agressive

Modest / Arrogant

Tender / Tough

Orderly / Disorderly

Dutiful / Irresponsible

Goal-oriented / Journey oriented / lackadaisical

Disciplined / Negligent

Deliberative / Rash

Nurturing

Protective

Idealistic

Histrionic

Fetishes

Physical

Size — Height, fingers, toes, arms, legs, heads, eyes, ears, noses, mouths, lips, cheeks, chins, cranium, neck, torso, femurs, calves, feet, hands, bodyfat, hip width, .

Number of appendages — Fingers, toes, arms, legs, heads, genitalia.

Color — eyes, skin, hair, nails, genitalia.

Shape — Body shape (T-shaped, pear-shaped, beanstalk)

Smell — Acidic, metallic, body odor.

Skin blemishes or conditions — Birthmarks, eczema, psoriasis, leprosy, albinism, impetigo, vitiligo, body hair.

Sexual — Hermaphrodite, ambiguous, viril, impotent, gay, trans, bisexual.

Performance — Strong/weak, stammers, stutters.

Handicapped — paralyzed

Sensory — Cannot feel pain, have additional kind of cones in eyes, synesthesia, sight, auditory, taste, smell, temperature, pressure, mute, deaf, blind, tone-deaf.

Vulnerabilities — Bones break easy.

Disfigurement — From acid damage.

Usual traits out of place — young but looks old, old but looks young.

Body modifications — Piercings, tattoos.

Disease — Cancer, heart disease, HIV, Hepatitis, Clamydia

Disorder — Epilepsy

Dysfunction — Allergies, asthma, arthritis

Social

Reputation — Liked, unliked

Group membership — Socioeconomic, racial, gender

Perception of abilities — Competent / Incompetent

Abilities

Math, art, music, dance, coordination, spatial, strength...