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Identity Map – Characteristics

Author: Mark Dixon
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
4:49 pm

"a distinguishing trait, quality, or property"

When a new baby is born, what are the characteristics everyone wants to know?
Gender, length, weight and hair color. At least these stats are what my wife
always asks, even if I didn’t bother to ask.

It is apparent that each person is born with or develops a wide range of characteristics.
It is interesting to note that:

  • Some characteristics never change (e.g. DNA, Fingerprints)
  • Some charateristics change naturally (e.g. Height, Weight)
  • Some characteristics may be modified often (e.g. hair color)
  • Some charateristics are voluntarily added (e.g. tattoos)
  • Some charateristics are easily measured (e.g. weight) while others are difficult
    to measure (e.g spiritual health)

I’m sure that many methods to categorize human characteristics have been developed
over the years. Here is my somewhat uneducated set of categories with examples
of attributes in each category:

Inherent characteristics (we’re born this way)

  • Gender
  • DNA
  • Fingerprint
  • Footprint
  • Age

Body features (my kids really kid me about my big nose)

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Hand geometry
  • Eye color
  • Hair pattern
  • Shape

Identifiable characteristics

  • Birthmarks
  • Scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Hair patterns

Transitory modifications (changes tend to return to a natural

  • Hair color
  • Hair length
  • Fingernail/toe nail length

Persistent modifications (changes tend to remain in place)

  • Tattoos
  • Surgical changes
  • Piercings

Psychological characteristics

  • Personality
  • Temperment
  • Intelligence

Sensory characteristics

  • Sight
  • Smell
  • Touch
  • Taste
  • Hearing
  • Faith

Health characteristics

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Emotional
  • Social
  • Spiritual

Auditory characteristics

  • Pitch
  • Power
  • Clarity

I’ve probably missed some important characteristics. A person is a complex
being. And I’m just an Identity guy.

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2 Responses to “Identity Map – Characteristics”

    All I want to see in baby is cuteness. I don’t care how weights does baby carry and all that.

    Comment by Keith on January 27, 2006 at 1:54 am

    great page

    Comment by Shonna C on November 30, 2009 at 9:28 am

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