Serious Personality Type
Main Interests of the Serious Personality Type
Characteristic Traits and Behaviors
Synonyms: "grave, solemn, somber, sedate, staid, sober, earnest"
"Serious, grave, solemn, somber, sedate, staid, sober, earnest may be applied to persons, their looks, or their acts with the meaning not light or frivolous but actually or seemingly weighed down by deep thought, heavy cares, or purposive or important work. Serious implies absorption in work rather than in play, or concern for what matters rather than for what merely amuses ... Grave implies both seriousness and dignity but it usually implies also an expression or attitude that reflects the pressure or weighty interests or responsibilities ... Grave is more likely than serious... to be used when a mere appearance is to be implied ... and it may be used of things with qualities suggestive of human gravity ... Solemn usually heightens the suggestion of impressiveness or awesomeness often implicit in grave ... Somber applies to a melancholy or depressing gravity, completely lacking in color, light, or cheer ... Sedate implies composure and decorous seriousness in character or speech and often a conscious avoidance of lightness or frivolity ... Staid implies a settled sedateness, often a prim self-restraint, and an even stronger negation of volatility or frivolity than sedate ... Sober sometimes stresses seriousness of purpose ... but it more often suggests gravity that proceeds from control over or subdual of one's emotions or passions ... Earnest implies seriousness of purpose as well as sincerity and, often, zealousness and enthusiasm ... "
Analogous: "austere, stern, severe, ascetic: thoughtful, reflective, contemplative, meditative: deep, profound"
Antonyms: "light, flippant"
Contrasted: "frivolous, flighty, volatile ... " (MW, 725-26)
Merriam-Webster (1984). Webster's New Dictionary of Synonyms: A Dictionary of Discriminated Synonyms with Antonyms and Analogous and Contrasted Words. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster.
Noteworthy Examples of the Serious Personality Type
Tori Amos | Larry Bird | Laura Bush | Erskine Caldwell | Rosalynn Carter | Miguel de Cervantes | Prince Charles, Prince of Wales | Eric Clapton | Walter Cronkite | John Dewey | Charles Dickens | Celine Dion | Don Quixote | Theodore Dreiser | George Eliot | Elizabeth II | Ralph Waldo Emerson | Carly Fiorina | Henry Fonda | Ford Madox Ford | Henry Ford | Anna Freud | Martha Freud | Hugh Grant | John Hersey | "Holden Caulfield" | Mike Huckabee | Andrew Jackson | Samuel Johnson | Garrison Keillor | Grace Kelly | Caroline_Kennedy | Rose Kennedy | John Kerry | Peter D. Kramer | Jay Leno | Abraham Lincoln | Marilyn Manson | Arthur Miller | Jim Nabors | Barack Obama | Gomer Pyle | Norman Rockwell | Paul Ryan | J.D. Salinger | John Steinbeck | Jimmy Stewart | Alfred Lord Tennyson | Henry David Thoreau | Pierre Teilhard de Chardin | Paul Tillich | Pete Townsend | Joran van der Sloot | Sam Waterston | Vanna White | Virginia Woolf | Frank Lloyd Wright
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