What are these classified as -- greed, hatred, pride, thinking oneself above others -- I don't want to call them emotions. I had originally thought of calling them virtues, emotions, conventions, desires... but I see that none of these work. Now I need a single word. Any ideas?

  • Maybe they’re character traits
    – Jim
    Mar 6, 2017 at 4:17
  • perhaps something with more "feeling". I'm going to be presenting my work to an audience, so I need a blend between academic and understandable language. But if worse comes to worst, this is a good option, thanks. Mar 6, 2017 at 4:34
  • loads of people call them 'sins'
    – JMP
    Mar 6, 2017 at 5:09
  • The ones you've listed are all vices. More generally, they're [ingrained] attitudes. Mar 6, 2017 at 8:55
  • @Cascabel - Yeah I was gonna post flaws but decided to stay neutral since all of OP’s words are relatively neutral.
    – Jim
    Mar 6, 2017 at 14:39

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1.The combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person; natural predisposition.

2.Unusual personal attitude or nature as manifested by peculiarities of feeling, temper, action, etc., often with a disinclination to submit to conventional rules or restraints.

mindset (noun)

A habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations.

  • I need something that can be used like -- "These traits are what drive humans to do this and that...." It seems a bit off to say -- these dispositions... especially in written form. But this is also another good option, thanks. Mar 6, 2017 at 4:47
  • Perhaps 'mindset' or 'temperament'! Mar 6, 2017 at 4:56
  • I think I can use mindset and temperament. Post them as answers and I will approve them. Mar 6, 2017 at 6:38
  • @KidusAmare - You can also acknowledge the answerer's efforts by upvoting the answer. Just click on the up arrow to the left of the answer. // Mindset is a good idea. Mar 7, 2017 at 4:36
  • @aparente001, Thank you. This is really encouraging! Mar 7, 2017 at 4:42

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