By Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© December 2018, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


In order to achieve maturity, each person must get rid of certain character flaws.  Here are the most important ones:


7. HATRED.  This is a disgust with someone of something that is far beyond anything reasonable.  It may be called a prejudice or block.

            Hatred poisons the body and poisons relationships like nothing else.  It should be rooted out of the personality as soon as one detects it.

            Hatreds are common among women who have experienced rape, and this is one reason these women do not recover well.  Getting rid of the hatred is a great boost to assist recovery from rape or any type of attack or trauma.


6. LACK OF GRATITUDE.  Gratitude is the primary mental attitude that greases the wheels of life.  If one can remain grateful, life moves along much easier.  However, it one is ungrateful, everything becomes more difficult and contentious.

            Gratitude, at one level, means that one recognizes that one needs others and that we are all connected.  Ungratefulness is somewhat similar to hatred, but not as extreme.


5. DISTRUST.  Distrust means something similar to ungrateful, but is a lesser problem.  It just means one does not feel comfortable with others in work or other situations.  It is a lesser problem than ingratitude or hatred, but it is still a problem.


4. INTENSE FEAR. This is a lack of adequate self-love.  It is a very common character flaw.


3. DENIAL OR LYING.  This is a lack of desire to see and know the truth about everything and everyone.  Lying can also be described as the deliberate altering of reality to suit one’s purposes.  It is the height of disrespect for the mind of others and the height of arrogance.  It is rightfully condemned in the Bible, but is common in the general population today.

            Lying includes deliberate misspeaking, omitting key information, exaggeration, spinning or twisting a story, slanting a story, mixing truth with lies, dramatizing, false advertising, and seduction. 


2. LAZINESS.  Laziness means lacking in effort or lacking in diligence.  It also means uncaring, without enough thought, sloppy, confused, and often disorganized.

This is a very common character flaw.  It can express itself in many ways:

- Taking the easy way out

- Skipping or omitting important actions

- Cheating a little or a lot on taxes or other things

- Wasting time on silly activities and projects that really yield little in the way of productive results.

            Laziness can be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.


1. UNGROUNDED OR CONFUSED.  This is a common problem.  It causes one to make unwise decisions, to run with the wrong crowd, and to follow political and other belief systems that are incorrect and often evil.






            This is the desire for more of something, and usually a desire for endless amounts of it.  One can be gluttonous for money, sex, friends, love, family, power, fame, intellect or something else.

            It is a dissatisfaction with the status quo that is exaggerated and out of balance.  It is a covetous attitude, meaning a desire for that which one does not have, but it is out of balance.




            Inability to hear is a problem in receiving information from others.  Inability to listen is a problem with processing and thinking about information.  For example, one must discern the source of the information and be open to changing one’s perceptions about the thoughts one is receiving.

We are putting these two problems together because one must do both to learn successfully, and they are closely related.

Both can be due to laziness, distraction, fixed ideas or prejudices, or arrogance.  At times, they are due to mental, emotional or physical imbalances inside the body.  The inability to listen well is very harmful for development, which requires tuning in and hearing instructions that come from guides.  So this is an important problem.

Inability to listen is so important that we find it is often the key imbalance in a person.




This flaw is well known, and is the belief that one knows something when it is not true.  It is also the feeling that one is above or better than others in some way.  For more details, read Arrogance.


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