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Is there a word to describe someone who rarely or almost never gets upset/angry? The words that first came to my mind were non-confrontational and stoic, and though they relate, they are not exactly what I'm looking for. The word I'm trying to find describes a person that not only possesses the qualities of being non-confrontational and stoic, but he basically doesn't get upset over anything whatsoever even the most upsetting situations imaginable. He is generally a pretty happy, calm and collected individual. Is there such a word?

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What's the problem with stoic? That's almost exactly what the word means. – Bradd Szonye Apr 23 '13 at 22:37
@BraddSzonye I don't know, stoic means he is able to suffer pain or trouble without complaining or showing what he is feeling, but I guess the word I'm trying to look for describes the person who doesn't really see pain or unpleasant situations as something unbearable or horrible, but think ordinary of it and see it as an ability or merit, so he doesn't necessarily suffer at all, but instead feel proud. I don't know, I might not be making any sense here. – Theo Apr 23 '13 at 22:58
Other options include "imperturbable," "unruffled," "serene," and "impassive." – Sven Yargs Apr 23 '13 at 22:59
OK, that makes sense, and while that does correspond to a certain kind of stoicism, it's probably not the usual connotation. Unflappable and imperturbable are both good. Perhaps also a phrase like "unrelentingly positive." – Bradd Szonye Apr 23 '13 at 23:02
"Serene" seems very good. – MετάEd Apr 24 '13 at 3:16
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Unflappable describes someone who remains composed in the face of adversity or scandal, "impossible to fluster."

Stoic has the same meaning, but often implies indifference to pleasure as well as adversity.

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The state you describe is equanimity:

noun [mass noun]
calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation:
    she accepted both the good and the bad with equanimity


The adjective is equanimous.

calm and composed.


However it would not be the best choice in normal use. Google Ngram

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To avoid uses like "placid lake," I tweaked the Ngram to look for equanimous person, etc.. Turns out that equanimous is not used at all as an adjective for person, man, or woman. Placid is historically more common, but stoic overtakes it in recent years, and unflappable is about half as common. – Bradd Szonye Apr 23 '13 at 22:58
This is a great example of a well-attributed posting. You put the copied-in text in a ">" section, you provide a link, and you provide the name of the provider. – tchrist Jul 7 '14 at 23:02

How about placid? From Merriam-Webster.com: Definition of PLACID:

serenely free of interruption or disturbance

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Hi, and welcome to ELU! This is a good answer, although it would be better written as a statement (instead of a rhetorical question), with a link to the source you're quoting. See also How to Answer Questions. – Bradd Szonye Apr 23 '13 at 23:18

Such a person is also cool-headed, even-tempered or self-possessed.

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A word to describe a pretty happy, calm and collected individual who rarely and almost never gets upset or angry?

Consider "good-tempered" and "sweet-tempered."

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Phlegmatic is another word that fits, although it fits 'stoic' better than 'happy':

From Google search definition: phlegmatic — (of a person) having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition.

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Where is that citation from? Please tell us the name of where you got it from, and if applicable, also a link. If you are going copy out text verbatim, our Help Center says that you must name where you got the original from, and this post fails to do that. Please see the question on meta entitled “What to do about missing source attributions: Copying, Linking, Attributions, and Plagiarism for discussion on this. – tchrist Jul 7 '14 at 23:03


Seán is really easygoing and it would take a lot to phase him.

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