Practice These Principles
Living the Spiritual Disciplines and Virtues in 12-Step Recovery

Appendix 4: Common Manifestations of Self: Character Defects

This series of tables features the main character defects discussed in PTP Step 4, most concentratedly in chapters 13-16. Other defects will be treated in subsequent works on other Steps. Note that though envy and jealousy are emotions, they are included here because, in the AA understanding, they are invariably defective and, when habitual, function as defects of character. For a corresponding table of emotions and the defects of character that render them defective, see Appendix 3 on this site. The tables are intended to help us take inventory using the guides to Inventory Type A and/or B



A distorted concern for self-importance that manifests itself in a variety of forms, including arrogance, conceit, domination, grandiosity, haughtiness, hyper-autonomy, impertinence, presumptuousness, pretentiousness, self-righteousness, snobbery, vanity, and willfulness

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Affectation, airs, arrogance, autocratic, bluster, boasting, bombast, bossy, braggadocio, bragging, cocky, conceit, conceited, contemptuous, defiance, disdainful, domineering, ego, egocentric, egoism, egomaniac, egotism, egotistical, ego trip, full of hot air, gall, grandiose, haughty, high-handed, know-it-all, hubris, immodest, imperious, insolent, lordly, loudmouth, megalomaniac, narcissistic, on an ego trip, overconfident, ostentatious, overbearing, overweening, peremptory, pompous, pretentious, prideful, proud, proudful, puffed-up, presumptuous, scornful, self-absorbed, self-admiration, self-centered, self-exaltation, self-glorification, self-importance, selfish, self-righteousness, self-satisfied, self-seeking, self-sufficient, self-worship, show off, smart-aleck, smug, snobbish, snooty, snotty, stuck up, superiority, supercilious, swagger, swelled head, uppity, vain, vainglory, vaunting



Acceptance, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, humility, justice, kindness, patience, peacefulness, temperance, tolerance

For other character defects, please click on the appropriate link: Greed

For appendices 1, 2, or 3, please click on the appropriate link.