Sad to say, my research has thrown up basically nothing on the differences between these three words, which is a bit annoying. They all seem to be someone's personality. Am I right in thinking that they are therefore fully interchangeable?!

(Grrr, why does Chinese have so many similar words...?! Or - more to the point - why are dictionaries so pants at distinguishing them lol Thinking of writing my own Chinese dictionary...!)

  • Should 性质 ("property", which seems unrelated to "personality") be 气质?
    – Becky 李蓓
    Commented Apr 15, 2020 at 11:16
  • Ah yes, that is probably true. My dictionary gives it as personality, but then the examples underneath all relate to inanimate objects. I suppose the personality of an inanimate object is its properties lol. Thanks for pointing that out!
    – Hashamyim
    Commented Apr 15, 2020 at 13:27

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As Becky stated 性质 = property. It is unrelated to personality

  • 性格 = personality

  • 个 in 个性 means individual, therefore, 个性 implies 个人性格 (individual personality)

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