CHARACTER MOTIVATION THESAURUS

COMING TO GRIPS WITH A MENTAL DISORDER



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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:
Contending with one's bipolar disorder
Learning to manage an anxiety disorder
Overcoming a phobia
Recognizing and dealing with one's eating disorder
Beating an addiction
Learning to manage an impulse control disorder, such as kleptomania or pyromania
Dealing with post traumatic stress disorder
Learning to live with depression
Facing one's OCD
Coming to grips with Tourette's syndrome
Diagnosing and managing an autism-spectrum disorder
Figuring out how to live with a dissociative identity disorder (formerly called split personality disorder)
Recognizing the signs of schizophrenia and coming to terms with it

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.

Self-Actualization: The accompanying roadblocks and limitations can make it hard for a person struggling with a mental disability to achieve their dreams and feel fully actualized.
Esteem and Recognition: This can be one of the most devastating losses as the disorder impacts the way the character views him or herself. Feelings of anger, frustration, embarrassment, guilt, and even self-loathing can cause the character to feel badly about themselves, even when they are in no way to blame for their difficulties. The esteem of others may also be impacted as people respond negatively to the character's behavior, choices, and unintentional responses to the disorder.
Love and Belonging: So often, mental disorders result in social or relational struggles, with the character having difficulty relating to or communicating clearly with others. This obviously can result in relationship issues and a lack of connection.
Safety and Security: Because mental disorders often affect the character's ability to accurately read and respond to situations, these characters can often find themselves in danger.
Physiological Needs: In severe cases, mental disorders can have such a big impact that the person's physiological needs become threatened. We see this when those with mental disabilities find themselves homeless or unable to support themselves.

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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