If you are making a list of words that describe behavior, you might sort them according to the different kinds of behavior. People behave differently at home than at work, and in the company of certain people. Let’s look at different types of behavior and some words that describe them.
List of Words That Describe Behavior in Social Situations
Many things can affect behavior:
The people that you are around
Things that happen to you
Stress and your physical condition also have a bearing on your behavior. We are going to look at good, socially accepted behavior and bad or out of control behavior.
Here is a list of words that describe behavior that is good in social situations:
For the opposite kind of behavior, here is a list of words that refer to bad social behavior:
Aggressive: verbally or physically threatening
Argumentative: often arguing with people
Bossy: always telling people what to do
Deceitful: doing or saying anything to get people to do what you want or to get what you want
Domineering: constantly trying to control others
Inconsiderate: not caring about others or their feelings
Irritating: bothering people
Manic: acting just a little crazy
Manipulative: always trying to influences other people
Moody: being unpredictable; changing moods often
Rude: treating people badly; breaking social rules
Spiteful: seeking revenge; hurting others because you didn’t get what you want
Thoughtless: not thinking about the effects of your actions or words
Words That Describe Personal Behavior
The following words describe behavior that is more personal in nature. The behavior is not affected very much by the company or situation.
Active: always busy with something
Ambitious: strongly wants to succeed
Assertive: being outgoing and confident
Careless: not being careful; rushing into things
Cautious: being very careful
Conceited: thinks he is better than others; arrogant
Conscientious: taking time to do things right
Creative: someone who can make up things easily or think of new things
Curious: always wanting to know things
Docile: submissive, does what he is told
Extroverted: very outgoing; confident
Impulsive: saying or doing things without thinking first
Introverted: keeps to himself, doesn’t share thoughts and feelings
Inventive: thinks of new ideas
Nervous: very uncomfortable
Passive: does not argue; does as he is told
Perfectionist: wants everything to be done right and perfectly
Pragmatic always sees the practical side of things
Reserved: keeps thoughts and feelings to himself
Serious: no-nonsense kind of behavior
Shy: quite and reserved; lacking in confidence
Trustworthy: simply worthy of someone’s trust
Volatile: changing moods very quickly
Here is a list of words that describe behavior in general. Following are some words that refer to good behavior: adaptable, brave, confident, cooperative, courageous, debonair, decisive, determined, generous, hilarious, honorable, kind, lively, pleasant, productive, protective, receptive, reflective, responsible, romantic, self-assured, sensitive, shrewd, unusual, witty, wonderful, zany, and zealous.
The next list of words represents unruly or unacceptable behavior. They are: abrasive, abusive, angry, anxious, belligerent, boorish, cowardly, crazy, creepy, cruel, dangerous, defiant, erratic, finicky, flashy, flippant, foolish, furtive, guarded, jittery, malicious, mysterious, obnoxious, outrageous, panicky, secretive, strange, threatening, unsuitable, vengeful, and wary.
Of course there are many more words that can describe the way someone is acting. Behavior changes as we get older, too, as priorities change and we gain wisdom. Hopefully the words that you are looking for were included on these lists.