Student Work Sheet 1-1 Check List of Human Characteristics There are many times in life when things happen to you that hurt, embarrass, or frighten you. Below are a few examples of things that might happen. You can probably think of many more. Add them to the list as you think about this. • You did something really dumb in public, and you feel humiliated and embarrassed. • Somebody in your family did something really dumb in public, and you feel humiliated and embarrassed about that. • You failed an important exam, and you know you will have to bring a rotten report card home. • Somebody cuts you off while you are driving home from work. • You did something for somebody, and they did not appreciate it. • You played badly in the big game of a sport that you normally play well. • You keep trying to do something, and finally you begin to think that you will be a failure at it. • You swallow your pride and ask somebody to do something for you, and they make fun of you. • Others: It can be argued that human beings have a positive and a negative side to their personalities. Which of the following characteristics come through when these things happen to you: A A A A Lot Little Neutral Little Lot Laughter Anger Cooperative Competitive Sharing Selfish Loving Hating Humble Status seeking Power sharing Power seeking Constructive Destructive If you had lots of power when one of the above bad things happened to you and given what you know about your personality, would the power have made things better or worse for you? How are you going to deal with your personality characteristics when you do get some power?
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