Top Ten Most Annoying Personality Traits

We're all guilty. God knows I am.

Pet peeves are ranked higher, but I haven't given much thought to the order--they're just ten qualities that grind my gears.

The Top Ten

1 Hypersensitivity

I understand why some people might find it annoying. However, as a really sensitive person myself I can say that out of the traits on this list, sensitivity is probably the hardest to control. You know sometimes you get too sensitive over things that aren't a big deal after all, but you can't really help feeling hurt or sad. - sofiav

Briefly turn on a light in the middle of the night, and you'd think a BOMB went off. Annoyingly giddy over mundane things one moment, aloof and disconnected over important issues the next.

I live with an "extremely sensitive" person. Apparently it's a known affliction. Ain't easy!

*cough* me *cough* - FavoriteFightingFrenchman

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2 Pretentiousness

I would define pretentiousness more as someone acting like they have that extensive knowledge on a subject, but don't really and only want to build up a persona of smartness for themselves. Like people who use big words without understanding them. Pretentious people are usually not very bright though, so the act becomes obvious. Or maybe I'm interpreting the word wrong. Either way, that's what I mean when I say pretentious - keycha1n

This doesn't refer to displaying extensive knowledge of a subject. It refers to acting superior and condescending because of that extensive knowledge. I admit to being guilty of this when it comes to music. I'm working on it.

EDIT: Well, as you folks pointed out, I seem to have messed up my definition of the word. Apologies. - PetSounds

"Pretentious" The adjective pretentious is a way to criticize people who try to act like they are more important or knowledgeable than they really are. - cosmo

Caillou And Kim Kardashian In A Nutshell

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3 Inoffensiveness

It's fine to be humble, pacific, and neutral, but when it gets to the point at which you precede every sentence with, "I don't mean to be offensive, but," it becomes positively grating. You are entitled to your opinion, but don't expect it to go unquestioned. Be ready to defend it, and be aware that not all opinions are equal; some are based on poor reasoning, lack of information, and logical fallacies. - PetSounds

4 Attention seeking

"Oh, everyone pay attention to me because I'm so hot and I'll never shut up about my looks! " - Garythesnail

This can be displayed in a variety of ways, one of which is extensive self-deprecation. Playing the victim card is another. - PetSounds

Definitely most annoying in a crowd. Should be number 1 - frankjackson

Disney1994 in a nutshell - AgentofAnarchy

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5 Selfishness

Everyone has there own problem, and this is Mine! I can control it though, so I will control it!

I'm familiar with all these!

6 Boastfulness
7 Arrogance
8 Clinginess

Gah. When I was growing up, my older brother relied on me all the time and would always be really clingy towards me. It flattered me and all, but he wouldn't let me talk to any of my other siblings without glaring at them! It must've been because my mom told him when he was little, "Watch over her well! ". Since he's I his twenties now, of course he doesn't do it anymore. Still, this happened since I was... 2-14. Yeah. That's about right. - MontyPython

Aw man, this is why I'm scared of someday being in a relationship. I can't really trust people, so I'm clingy. To my friends too, I get jealous and worried and everything in between. I apologize - keycha1n

I know for a fact I'm a bit clingy sometimes. It annoys me, so I attempt to stop it. - Turkeyasylum

I'm kinda like this. Mainly with people that I really, really like. - RiverClanRocks

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9 Laziness

I'm just all-or-nothing. I either don't care and wont do it, or I care a lot and will be the best at it. It's simply impossible for me to do something I don't believe in or enjoy, so it comes off as laziness. I'm really not. I'm unbelievably hardworking towards the things I care about. - keycha1n

I have to admit I am lazy a lot. But its mostly kids who have this problem these days. - cosmo

This is one of the biggest problems of today.

Well, I admit, I can be very lazy. But, if I love to do something, I will do it seriously - FireWasp2004

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10 Impatience

I do admit that this is a serious problem of mine. Particularly when I'm trying to teach something difficult to someone which I find simplistic. I know they're trying, but I can't handle it sometimes. - PositronWildhawk

I think I kind of this personality trait. Especially when I'm waiting for someone or waiting for a fun event or something. - cosmo

I have little patience... - Therandom

The Newcomers

? Piousness

I have a friend who occasionally annoys the hell out of me and for months I could not figure out why. I finally realised it's because of subliminal piousness which infuses much of what he says and does. I'm sure he feels he's being humble but to me it seems a subtle way of establishing moral superiority. It isn't even necessarily to with comments being aimed at me, it's more a general air about him. I don't think he is all that enlightened I think it's an unconscious system he has established to counter the insecurity we all feel.

? Bullying

The Contenders

11 Rudeness
12 Flippancy

Ha, flippancy. That's a funny word... - keycha1n

Hey - "there's some things you just can't laugh off". Hopefully, these aren't among them - Billyv

Some things you just can't laugh off. - PetSounds

13 Narcissism

Narcissists are very needy and insecure people who, rather than loving you and trying to attain intimacy, cultivate you as a friend in order to feed their narcissism. Psychologists say 'you provide their narcissistic goods'. They are always seeking new friends because of their fear that this supply may run out and expose their emptiness. One may feel compassion for them because they did not wish this awful condition upon themselves but beware of getting caught up with them. It can be very hard to disentangle because things are not what they appear to be.

Of all, this is THE NO. 1! Top 3 at best! Who the heck said hypersensitivity is? Really. Narcissism and Arrogance and pretentiousness are top 3 by far. I had to tell a woman I work with to stop asking me a specific personal question only because it was fake and it was her way of coming across like she was important enough in my world to ask me. She is the worst at this. Smart woman but is 98% fluff...

Needy narcissists are the worst by far!
I know one. They use and abuse without out a second thought.
Should be number one on the list.


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14 Pervertedness

Just...ugh, the worst quality ever. And rude, too.

15 Hateful

Someone who can never let go of anger.

16 Bossiness

Worst! I hate people who demand respect but don't give anything but tyranny. - Gminus

17 Dishonest
18 Whininess

Very annoying.

19 Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy: the act of condemning others for lack of virtues, qualities, or emotions that the condemner does not possess.

20 Talking a Lot

Not shutting up


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