8 signs you have a first-class personality, according to psychology

Nobody’s perfect — but some people are pretty close to it. 

If I asked you to think of five people in your life who have a personality that you simply couldn’t criticize if you tried, could you do it? 

Most of us are a mixed bag. We have plenty of good (hopefully) with some bad mixed in. 

Even the best of us suffer from faults that seem to have etched their way into our characters somewhere along the way. If we’re lucky, we become aware of them before other people do. 

There are a lucky few who have minimal faults. 

It’s like they went to personality boot camp and came out with trophy-winning first-class personalities. 

Do you know the type of person I’m talking about? 

In today’s article, I want to dive into some inner characteristics that make up the “first-class” personality. 

Let’s take a closer look. 

1) Genuine originality & authenticity

Social media can make it seem like people are just copying and pasting each other’s style. 

It gets boring, doesn’t it? 

That’s why people who are truly original and not afraid of being authentic are really highly valued. 

It’s not just because they’re rare, but it’s also because they add something genuinely novel to the mix. 

Authenticity is one of the most valuable personality attributes you can have.

It means you stay true to your values and beliefs, regardless of the pressures around you. 

It’s easy for most people to just follow the crowd of sheep, but for truly authentic people — it’s impossible. 

This can sometimes come at a cost and lead to

  • Conflict
  • Judgment
  • Ostricization

However, the badge of honor on your character is priceless.

People gravitate towards those who are genuine because they know what to expect and there’s a comfort in their unwavering honesty to themselves.

2) More than just understanding

Empathy is a natural feeling and most of us have it. 

It’s easy for us to tell when other people aren’t feeling good and if we tune into their feelings more, we can even get a glimpse of how they’re feeling. 

Empathy can be painful, too. 

It’s not an easy feat to feel everyone’s pain as you go about your day. And this causes most of us to put up blocks and barriers. 

We place an invisible filter to block out feeling all the pain of other people because we know that focusing on it has the potential to destroy us. 

We walk past people suffering all the time and intentionally say no. 

Some people take empathy to the next level. And despite being difficult, they take action to help others. 

True empathy isn’t just about understanding people’s feelings — it’s about truly sharing them. 

Can you recall a time when someone’s situation deeply moved you?

If that often happens, you’ve got a trait that is universally praised for its role in building strong, supportive relationships. 

But feeling other people’s pain requires resilience. You need to be able to bounce back.

3) Resilience — bouncing back

Life is full of storms — how do you handle them? 

I remember the last time I lost someone really close to me. Their death felt like it carved out a God-sized hole in my heart. 

At first, going about normal things was just impossible. Without them, nothing seemed to make sense. 

And while I still grieve for them and mourne the loss, I’ve adjusted my thoughts to gratitude for the time I did have with them. 

Instead of spiraling into a negative void of sadness, I decided to shake up my life and jump headfirst into new adventures. I know they would have wanted that, and it’s better than the alternative.

On one hand, it would be easy to stagnate and become one with the hole in my heart. But what kind of life would that be? 

What happens to a person when they let setback and losses diminish their curiosity?

4) Life-long curiosity

Did you know that curious people live richer, more fulfilling lives

They ask questions, dig deeper, and are always learning. 

Why does this matter? 

One study looked at how being curious helps people feel better and find more meaning in life. It found that students who are usually curious feel better and more satisfied on days when they explore new things. 

Their sense of meaning also lasts from one day to the next. 

Being curious really helps you feel good and find deeper meaning in their lives over time.

Do you find yourself always exploring new ideas? 

If so, your curiosity is likely making you a lot more interesting and engaging to others.

Curious people are also

These all sound like great perks, right? 

But it’s not all about wandering around and asking questions. 

Having a first-class personality means being there when people need you most.

5) Reliability “You can depend on me”

If you recognize these signs youre dealing with a highly empathetic person 8 signs you have a first-class personality, according to psychology

Here’s the acid test — can people count on you? 

When you say you’ll do something, do you follow through? 

Reliability builds trust. 

While people need adventure, we also need stability in our lives, and being that steadfast presence is invaluable.

We’re always trying to reduce the responsibilities we have in life, but we instinctively respect those people who fearlessly take on responsibilities and stand by them. 

Taking on new roles in life means being open to possibilities and being willing to play the game as maximally as you can. 

How open are you to new possibilities, relationships and responsibilities?

6) True open-mindedness

Open-mindedness is crucial in our diverse world. 

This doesn’t mean lacking strong beliefs, but rather, it’s about being willing to consider and learn from other people’s perspectives. 

This trait is essential in today’s diverse world as it promotes understanding and collaboration. 

We’re all too familiar with how close-mindedness can sow xenophobia, resentment, and even serious conflict. 

I think we can all agree that we need less of that. And the more willing we are to consider other people’s point of view, the more understanding and collaboration will flourish. 

It starts with us. 

By being open-minded, you also enhance your problem-solving skills and creativity. 

It’s not just good for society as a while, but it also helps you adapt to new situations and solve complex problems.

Does this mean you have to lack values? Not at all. 

7) Unshakable values

Having unshakable values doesn’t mean shutting yourself off from the world — it means knowing what you stand for while remaining open to new perspectives.

It’s about having a strong ethical compass that guides your decisions and actions, but also recognizing that there’s always more to learn from other people’s experiences.

Imagine your core values as an anchor. 

They ground you in a world that’s constantly changing and provide stability and direction. 

Yet, even a ship at anchor can pivot to face different directions.

In the same way, you can stay open to exploring new ideas without losing sight of what’s important to you. 

I hold integrity and honesty as non-negotiable in my life. 

These principles guide how I act in personal and professional relationships. 

But I recognize that it’s important to always be eager to engage with others who might approach life differently. 

This doesn’t compromise my values. I know I’ve thought about them enough. 

Sometimes, it enriches my understanding and strengthens my beliefs by challenging them and encouraging growth.

8) The humble heart

Humility is often overlooked, yet it’s a powerful attribute of a first-class personality. 

It involves recognizing your own limitations and being open to learning about yourself in an objective way. 

Humility doesn’t mean underselling your achievements. It’s also not about being self-deprecating — as many might think. 

It’s about not evaluating yourself as more, or less than you really are. 

If you already think you’re perfect, how can you improve? 

Equally, if you always say you’re bad, how will you know which direction to go?

Humility helps you maintain a grounded perspective, even in times of success. It lets you celebrate your achievements without becoming arrogant. 

It can be as simple as saying “I don’t know” or “I was wrong” when the situation calls for it. 

Final thoughts

Do you see these traits in yourself? 

Are you the genuine, empathetic, resilient, curious, reliable, open-minded person we’ve talked about? 

Each of these traits not only makes you a joy to be around but they also lead you to a more contented, impactful life.

Reflect on these traits — how many do you identify with? 

How can you develop these qualities further? 

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Marie Lamb

Marie is a writer with an academic background in psychology and neuroscience. She’s also a qualified yoga teacher with more than 10 experience in Eastern practices. When she’s not writing about psychology and life, she’s reading and crafting stories, poetry, or prose.

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