CHARACTER MOTIVATION THESAURUS

CARING FOR AN AGING PARENT



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HELPFUL TIP:

To understand why your character is driven toward a certain goal, take time to understand their personality and moral compass using the positive and negative trait thesauri. Also, dig into their backstory to find an unresolved emotional wound. Past trauma is disruptive and can generate unmet needs that, if strong enough, will motivate your character to chase a specific goal to satisfy this need.
FORMS THIS MIGHT TAKE:
Caring for a parent who is declining due to dementia or Alzheimer's
Taking on responsibility for a parent suffering from a terminal or chronic illness
Caring for a parent with limited mobility due to an accident
Taking care of a parent whose age makes it impossible for them to care for themselves

HUMAN NEED DRIVING THE GOAL (INNER MOTIVATION):
There are five basic human needs that, when missing from a character's life, could motivate them to pursue this goal. The following needs are all possibilities, but only one of them should be the primary driver for any given character. For more information on the relationship between human needs and outer motivations, please see this Character Motivation tutorial.

Esteem and Recognition: A character who is attempting to make amends after rejecting their parent earlier in life may choose this goal to correct past mistakes and reclaim their self-worth.
Love and Belonging: Someone yearning to be loved by a parent who rejected them, loved them conditionally, or showed preferences for a sibling may try to prove their love and worthiness through elderly care when the parent needs it.
Safety and Security: When a parent's deteriorating condition presents a risk to their own safety, a character may step in and care for them to keep them from harm.

HOW THE CHARACTER MAY PREPARE FOR THIS GOAL:
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POSSIBLE SACRIFICES OR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GOAL:
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ROADBLOCKS WHICH COULD PREVENT THIS GOAL FROM BEING ACHIEVED:
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TALENTS & SKILLS THAT WILL HELP THE CHARACTER ACHIEVE THIS GOAL:
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WHAT'S AT STAKE IF THIS GOAL ISN'T MET?
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CLICHÉS TO AVOID:
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