Sometimes character defects are merely assets with the dial turned up too high.
The punchline in the 7th Step Prayer is not that we are asking God to remove the character defects which make us uncomfortable --it is that we are asking God to remove the defects which stand in the way of "our usefulness" to God and to our fellows. Thus, (obviously) being uncomfortable is exactly how God wants me to be. (sometimes).
When a machine part becomes defective, it is not that it never worked; it's that it used to work right and now it no longer does. That can be true regarding aspects of myself too. It's not that a particular behavior never worked for me -- it's that it no longer works for me (also known as "the road gets narrower).
AA literature suggests that in some cases, when it comes to our defects of character, we should work to accept "patient progress." Great. Thanks for that. I'll just dip into my deep well of patience and ... uh oh.
Ultimately, my character defects are a gift.