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How to Describe Yourself - 180 Words for Your Positive Qualities

Updated on August 4, 2016

Describe Yourself for Online Dating, Job Interviews, Resumes, and More

Learning how to describe yourself accurately is something we usually have to put some effort into. This seems to be especially true in most western cultures where being honest about our skills, qualities, and attributes can be confused with being arrogant, "blowing your own trumpet," and being excessively self indulgent.

If we do learn to describe ourselves, we can often forgo self confidence training by being our own confidence guru and simply acknowledging and appreciating our own positive qualities.

Ready? Scroll down for list of 180 adjectives to help you describe yourself.

Positive Adjectives to Use on a Resume

 
 
 
Inventive
Exciting
Thoughtful
Powerful
Practical
Proactive
Productive
Professional
Quality
Quick
Balanced
Achiever
Knowledgeable
Leader
Literate
Logical
Initiator
Original
Outgoing
Particular
Patient
Active
Positive
Consistent
Compassionate
Incredible
Independent
With integrity
Mediator
Emotional
Cheerful
Forgiving
Sensuous
Generous
Sporty
Devoted
Candid
Rebellious
Cooperative
Industrious
Interesting
Racy
Meditative
Understanding
Quirky
 
Quixotic
 

Words to Describe Yourself (Adjectives)

Because we can all identify with 90% of these adjectives in some situation or other, I suggest picking 10 to 15 words that describe how you are most of the time, regardless of the situation. It might be helpful to think about who are you when you are on your own, doing your own thing. There will be very few other people who will identify the exact same combination, because we're all different.

Favorable Descriptive Words to Use in a Job Interview

 
 
 
Honest
Assertive
Attentive
Direct
Broad-minded
Committed
Conscientious
Dynamic
Hard worker
Persistent
Mature
Methodical
Motivated
Objective
Tenacious
Sociable
Friendly
Realistic
Reliable
Resourceful
Respectful
Responsible
Creative
Confident
Traditional
Trustworthy
Unconventional
Unique
Ecclectic
 

It's Okay to Know What Our Positive Qualities Are...

From my experience of delivering training programs and seminars on improving confidence and self esteem, whenever participants are asked to state just five of their best qualities, a hushed embarrassment usually fills the room. Then, "I don't know" is the most common response.

Conversely, we're all a lot better at listing our faults and failings and can get onto that task without any difficulty. It's like most of us haven't even dared to think about the question, "What's good about me?"—if that's you, then it's even more important that you read this and prepare yourself with several apt adjectives.

More Positive Descriptions (For Dating Sites, Etc.)

 
 
 
Optimistic
Accomplished
Adept
Analytical
Articulate
Artistic
Self-disciplined
Controversial
Individual
Tolerant
Naive
Green
Unselfish
Sophisticated
Stable
Strong
Successful
Tactful
Talented
Team player
Fun
Intelligent
Changeable
Passionate
Intense
Intuitive
Upbeat
Vibrant
Funny
Constructive
Customer-oriented
Dependable
Direct
 
Loyal
 

Why Do You Want to Describe Yourself?

What made you want to know how to describe yourself?

See results
 
 
 
Competitive
Political
Social consciousness
Modest
Courageous
Enthusiastic
Enterprising
Entrepreneurial
Facilitator
Focused
Genuine
Open-mindedness
Wise
Sensitive
Sense of humor
Sensible
Sincere
Skilled
Solid
Communicative
Helpful
Fast
Responsible
Results-driven
Results-oriented
Self-reliant
Organised
Knowledgeable
Logical
Personable
Pleasant
Flexible
Adaptable
Persuasive
Perceptive
Insightful
Trustworthy
Easy going
Good listener
Imaginative
Warm
Ambitious
Diplomatic
Curious
Leader

How Do I Describe Myself?

 
 
 
Perceptive
Down-to-earth
Open-minded
Knowledgable
Logical
Analytical
Quick learner
Genuine
Warm
Inventive
Rebellious
Generous
 
Insightful
 
These are some of the words that I think best describe me.

Your List of Positive Qualities

So, how did you get on? How does it feel to identify your positive qualities? Good, I hope! Put some practice into learning how to describe yourself and you will find an increase in self esteem and confidence and probably an improvement in your relationships too!

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      Miranda 4 days ago

      I used this for French homework and it was so helpful!

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      OMG! how inspiring

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      None of your business 2 weeks ago

      Who else used this for homework :D

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      cool

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      Char 2 weeks ago

      Thank you so much I went to a lot of websites that said list but all they did was talk about. Yours was very helpful. Thanks again, have an awesome life.

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      silas 3 weeks ago

      thanks

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      Queen Denaé 3 weeks ago

      Perfect to use when a project u need to do has something about describe your self

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      Thanks for helping me with my homework :)

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      My bean size brain just flipped to a size of a walnut. ...For the next two minutes.

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      Thank you so much this is absolutely amazing I needed 100 words to describe myself and this site is awesome I'm gonna share this to my friends!!

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      super useful needed this thanks

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      Teanna 6 weeks ago

      I feel like nobody understands me I am different from my friends

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      daniel 6 weeks ago

      very useful thanks

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      Esther Nkole 7 weeks ago

      Awesome thanks

      I need these words for my homework

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      Thanks

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      jerome wesly 2 months ago

      very nice

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      Zaid 2 months ago

      It was very useful

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      Skyann trower 2 months ago

      This word list was for a poster. It gave me a lot of emotion to see a lot of these words that describe me

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      Divya gupta 2 months ago

      Your brain is a muscle ,it has to be trained

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      Akilah 2 months ago

      Thanks much this really helped for my interview

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      Deewanshi 2 months ago

      This words list is amazing thank you I needed for my homework

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      Abegail Quinto 3 months ago

      Its awesome!

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      UNKNOWN 3 months ago

      this site is good for adjectives not for verbs. i searched but. UGH!

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      qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm 3 months ago

      this is great for me to find words about me to put into a website called word cloud. It was for a writing assignment

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      Craig 3 months ago

      Thanks for this list it's amazing.

      I'm currently attending a group counselling session and our last session was based on self esteem.

      We started the session by listing 5 positive qualities about ourself and just like you said in the post we all struggled to get to 5.

      After reading your list my positive qualities have grown massively and I have a much better opinion of myself.

      Thank you

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      Catherine 3 months ago

      Thank you I needed words that describe me for my homework. ;)

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      ur mum 3 months ago

      i luv this site. It is so rad dude

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      UNKNOWN 3 months ago

      These words were great for my word collage :)

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      Christina 3 months ago

      This really helped me in my mission to find 30 positive adjective about the people at my uni. I am so thankful for this, otherwise my tutor wouldn't have been happy. Not cheating though! Haha, thanks so much or the help, your website really great. I have very low self-esteem, but after looking at this I feel much better about my self and my personality. I BET YOU J.K ROWLING COULD FIND A WORD SHE DIDNT KNOW HERE. Thanks again (I've got to stop saying thanks or my comment is just going to say you helped my thanks, thanks, thanks, bye.) best out of 17 websites I've browsed so far! :)

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      Sally 3 months ago

      This website was helpful. But I'm looking for words to explain how I feel, or maybe how to actually describe myself. I need unique words, for I have seen all these words before.

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      Dominic 3 months ago

      Fantastic site, Great words I never even knew, goodness 56 and I would have never known these great things. Thanks jenny

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      miguel 3 months ago

      This was really helpful for my paragraph. Thank you!

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      Saeed U. Din 3 months ago

      In going to your LetterPile, It was great. Tough, I know myself well in most of my qualities and character very well myself, and it was interesting in more exact words that you described in all different aspect of life situations that one do have suit to the situations in more close match. I am very Intellectual, moral , honest and fair minded person, in mathematical expectation and always try and feel and behave, practical, logical, result oriented and most feasible solution and result that are just, wise and right, and very true by the facts and logic of the matter on hand. God bless naturally.

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      It was vey helpful

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      AKIRA KATRICE HUMPHREY 4 months ago

      OMG,I LOVE THIS WEBSITE.

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      Hulali 4 months ago

      I really had hard time knowing who i truly am and this website made me understand who i was

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      nice picture

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      Mary 4 months ago

      This was really helpful for my paragraph. Thank you!

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      billy bob 7 months ago

      hello world

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      Memelord 7 months ago

      Was looking for memes, ended up here.

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      lahza jameer 7 months ago

      Hello everyone.

      I would describe myself as diligent tactful, systematic, resourceful, hughly intelligent, team player, optimistic, flexible,astute, well rounded, well balanced, independent, reliable, confident, metiuclous, articulate, analytical, industrious, creative, ambitious, competent, able to build strong relationships with business clients, hardworking, loyal, results-oriented. etc.

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      Miray Youssef 7 months ago

      bored

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      sam 7 months ago

      i was just using it for a school thing and am not wanting to date...

      that is why i dont like some advertisement.

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      ksdlnflbd 8 months ago

      i am a strong, independent, cute, knowledgeable sue

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      Lisa Hutchinson 8 months ago

      If you had to describe yourself in 10 words, without being modest, what would they be?

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      eka 8 months ago

      hi everybody i am an honestperson

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      ramakrishnan paluthodiyil 8 months ago

      Very useful

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      Golong 8 months ago

      This is awesome

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      abuzar hassan 9 months ago

      it is secret of success, think positive and trust on God.

      it's not important that , what the people are thinking about u..

      it is important what is your thinking about others.

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      abuzar hassan 9 months ago

      it is also the quality of good people that they always have good thinking of others.

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      clarissa ~ 9 months ago

      appreciate your article, Susana S.

      (what a breath of fresh air & helpfulness!)

      blessings to you, yours & your endeavors :)

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      R. G. Ratnawat 10 months ago

      Thanks Susana for the good stuff. It would certainly help a lot of people who struggle to identify their own good qualities. Good effort!

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      Lindsey 10 months ago

      Thanks

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      shiv shanker maurya 12 months ago

      i am glad to thanks for that i got new words for improving myself.

      Again i giving thanks u.

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      Alejandro 12 months ago

      Thank you for your help! I'm working on Homework and I had to find Adjectives about me!

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      Audrey Hunt 12 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      We all need to learn to describe ourselves in a positive way. After all, who wants to hire a negative person or even date someone who doesn't think well of themselves?

      Not only is this a marvelous article but extremely helpful. I appreciate what you've done here in a big way. I struggle to find the right words to describe myself (as well as others.) Next to having a pot of gold is this valuable list of words.

      Thank you and will share, pin and more.

      Audrey

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      isaac 13 months ago

      Thanks a lot Susan,i can describe myself very well

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      Amy 13 months ago

      Great resource to evaluate what descriptive words best describe ourselves. Although many may apply, there are those that stand out. We all have failures and we all have greatness. Admitting this truth makes you human and approachable.

      Without gloating it feels great to know that many apply to me. The modest and wise choice is to select which strengthens my character and cover other words that have similar meanings but aren't as impressionable.

      I appreciate the words and love knowing a thesaurus can ease the strength of some words to balance all yours and my great qualities.

      Remember to hold your head up high because we are all worthy and valuable. Be proud of who you are even if it's different from all you know.

      Combine having pride with humility and you may find yourself balanced in this daily living we call life.

      I have two special needs children and although I have great pride in taking care of them as a divorced mother, I am also humbled by the resources I've needed to access in order to make it to where I am today.

      I am not less a person but someone at a transition in life and need assistance. The qualities I possess are strengthened by my girls needs and allows my character to grow stronger. By choice.

      Take the challenges in your life and help them build and enhance who you already are. God gave us all a gift ... Talent, skill, ability ... What we do with that gift is our gift to him. It will also serve you well! You won't be disappointed!

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      princess rose 14 months ago

      I love to do a lot of fun stuff like reading and writeing im a princess

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      Esther 14 months ago

      Amazing words!

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      Matthew 14 months ago

      Leader is on here twice and some of these words I wouldn't consider positive.

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      lilla 15 months ago

      lol thats funny i am describing myself non of the above

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      Deborah Demander 15 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks for the interesting and informative article. I often have trouble identifying my own positive traits, but as a life coach, I am always helping other's discover their own strengths. I appreciate your list.

      Namaste

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      Yanglish 16 months ago

      But if everyone will use these 180 words?

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      Susana S 17 months ago

      Might be ok for an artist?

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      Maxwell 18 months ago

      Amazing

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      Al 18 months ago from Australia, Hong Kong, USA

      Thanks for the great hub!

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      Rola Maher Abboud 18 months ago from Kuwait

      I once had a course at the University and the final exam was a conversation between the student and the tutor and the first question the tutor asked me is "Describe yourself in three words" That question shocked me a little bit at the beginning and I took some time to reply because I know myself very well but I don't know which words to use. I wish I had read this before that exam :).... Thank you for sharing.

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      nicey 18 months ago

      As a teacher, one should never assume you know it all. Thanks for teaching us new adjectives.

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      Venkatachari M 19 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting and inspiring article. There are so many words to describe oneself beautifully and, still, we feel much uncomfortable when it comes to describing ourselves.

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      Yanglish 19 months ago

      A convenient collection of essential words for an interview.

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      Ayoub Belkadi 20 months ago from Canada

      Great list! but i don’t think that quixotic is a good and postive word to have. It means “exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical”. If you remember Don Quixote, the word comes from the main character.

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      Shveta12 20 months ago

      Very useful I took a lot of words,THX SO MUCH

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Susanna, happy new year! Congrats on HOTD, since I've commented on this hub awhile ago.

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      RTalloni 21 months ago from the short journey

      Knew it was a neat hub when I saw it, but wow, what a lot of comments (and some really great ones in the mix). Enjoyed this useful read for I enjoy words.

      Congratulations on your Hub of the Day award, and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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      Saar 21 months ago

      This has been very helpful for me. I needed to describe myself for an online file to study abroad and I had no idea what to write. Thank you.

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      rizwanyounis516 22 months ago

      cool one please keep on posting in future.

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      Joyette Fabien 22 months ago from Dominica

      Very useful and practical! Excellent word list! Thanks for sharing

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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Susanna, what a terrific hub to use for many things and to boost your confidence, too. Your list of adjectives are fantastic with a wide selection to choose from. Great work!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 23 months ago from Fife, Scotland

      An excellent hub. I didn't expect that such a simple exercise would have such a positive effect. Thank you!

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      sirama 23 months ago

      Nice to Read. Describing yourself looks easy. But in reality it is hard when you think about the listening person...

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      Philip 23 months ago from Boston, MA.

      I have no doubt people know how to blow their own horns nowadays. Giving credit where it's due seems to be more of a problem.

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      Unknown 23 months ago

      Rhis really helped me with my school assignment

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      James Edward 24 months ago

      Outstanding article and informative list. Thank you.

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      archisha dainwal 2 years ago

      Awesome hub. Through this people get to know more about them selves. Keep it up man.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I found this extremely interesting. Just by using these methods of self-description can help one better understand themselves.

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      Me 2 years ago

      ThAnk u