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Appendix 4: Common Manifestations of Self: Character Defects – Greed

This is one in a series of tables featuring the main character defects discussed in PTP Step 4. For accompanying tables of defective emotions, 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. 



An immoderate or excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially when it comes to material wealth.


 Terms &

Avarice, cheap, covetousness, craving, cupidity, excess, gluttony, grasping, hog,
indulgence, ingratitude, insatiable, intemperance, miserly, piggishness, pinch-penny, rapacity, stingy, ravenousness, voracity

Generosity, gratitude, temperance

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

For appendices 1, 2, or for 3 and 4 portals, please click on the appropriate link.