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Character/Behavior
  • When I was a teenager, I was painfully shy (extremely shy). I loved reading books, and I had a vivid imagination (had a creative and colorful imagination). My best friend had a more outgoing personality (she liked to be friendly and sociable) and a good sense of humor (ability to make other people laugh). Unfortunately, she was also brutally honest, and sometimes her comments hurt my feelings (made me sad, upset, or angry).
  • Although I was fiercely loyal to her, she showed her true colors (revealed her true personality) when she played a prank (did a trick) that humiliated me in front of the class. I bore a grudge (continued feeling angry) against her for years afterwards. Now that I look back on it, I can see that she had low self-esteem (she considered herself inferior) and a bit of a mean streak (a “streak” is a tiny bit of someone’s personality).
  • I've come out of my shell (become less shy) since those days; I have a thicker skin (I’m less sensitive to criticism) and it doesn't bother me when people speak their minds (say exactly what they think, without considering the effects of the words on others).
  • My biggest flaw is that I have a tendency to be arrogant – some say I have a superiority complex (consider myself superior to others). I’ll admit that it is hard for me to swallow my pride (stop being arrogant) and recognize when I've been mistaken about something. My resolution for the New Year is to make a more concerted effort to put others first (consider the needs of other people more important than my own).
Useful Collocations

painfully shy : extremely shy
had a vivid imagination : had a creative and colorful imagination
outgoing personality : friendly and sociable
sense of humor : ability to make other people laugh
hurt my feelings : made me sad, upset, or angry
showed her true colors : revealed her true personality
played a prank : did a trick
bore a grudge : continued feeling angry
low self- esteem : she considered herself inferior
a mean streak : a tiny bit of someone’s personality
come out of my shell : become less shy
have a thicker skin : less sensitive to criticism
speak their minds : say exactly what they think, without considering the effects of the words on others
have a superiority complex : consider myself superior to others
swallow my pride : stop being arrogant
put others first : consider the needs of other people more important than my own

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