Flashcards in L1 - Human Nature (Charachter , Psychology ) Deck (20)
considered by other people to be strange or unusual,sometimes in a humorous way:
eccentric behaviour / clothes * an eccentric aunt
Most people considered him a harmless eccentric.
*Strange, suspicious and unnatural things and people
**someone who behaves in an eccentric way:
My mother is something of an eccentric.
(of people and animals) moving or doing things in a very awkward way:
*I split your coffee. Sorry-that was clumsy of me. * His clumsy fingers couldn't untie the knot.
*The first mobile phones were heavy and clumsy to use, but nowadays they are much easier to handle.
*My attempts to apologize were very clumsy (= not said well).
unable to make decisions:
a weak and indecisive man * Some blame indecisive leadership for the party's failure at the polls.
happy, and showing it by the way that you behave:
You're not your usual cheerful self today. * He felt bright and cheerful and full of energy. * You're in a cheerful mood. * a cheerful, hard-working employee * a cheerful smile / voice
Someone who is assertive behaves confidently and is not frightened to say what they want or believe.
*I've had to train myself to be more assertive at work.
*If you really want the promotion, you'll have to be more assertive.
*You should try and be more assertive. * assertive behaviour
*I've become a lot more assertive as I've got older, and will no longer put up with bad service.
careful not to say or do anything that will annoy or upset other people:
That wasn't a very tactful thing to say! * I tried to find a tactful way of telling her the truth. * It might be more tactful if you didn't come to the wedding.
able to make good judgements based on reason and experience rather than emotion; practical:
a sensible person / decision / precaution * I think that's a very sensible idea. * Say something sensible. * I think the sensible thing would be to take a taxi home.
feeling worried or nervous:
He seemed anxious about the meeting. * Parents are naturally anxious for their children.
worried or frightened that sth unpleasant may happen:
I was a little apprehensive about the effects of what I had said. * You have no reason to be apprehensive of the future. * She was deeply apprehensive that something might go wrong. * an apprehensive face / glance / look
1 believing that people only do things to help themselves rather than for good or honest reasons:
Do you have to be so cynical about everything? * a cynical view / smile
2 not caring that sth might hurt other people, if there is some advantage for you:
a cynical disregard for the safety of others * a deliberate and cynical foul
someone who is egotistical likes to talk about how great and important they think they are
He's the most selfish, egotistical individual I have ever met!
too willing to believe or accept what other people tell you and therefore easily tricked:
The advertisement is aimed at gullible young women worried about their weight.
The newspaper relies on the gullibility of its readers.
nervous or embarrassed about your appearance or what other people think of you:
He's always been self-conscious about being so short. * She was a shy, self-conscious girl.
full of or showing high spirits; "bright bubbly children"; "a bubbly personality"