PURSUING A TOXIC DESIRE (DARK)
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To understand why your character is driven toward a certain goal, get to know their positive and negative traits, as well as any significant emotional wounds that might be motivating them. Then you can explore the various kinds of conflict that could block them as they move toward their goal.
FORMS THIS MIGHT TAKE:
HUMAN NEED DRIVING THE GOAL (INNER MOTIVATION):
Self-Actualization: A character may believe the only way to connect with their higher self is to use psychedelics in pursuit of a transcendent experience. They see the reward as being worth the possible risks (like permanent brain damage).
Esteem and Recognition: Characters with low self-esteem and low self-worth will seek affirmation from others. Sacrificing everything in hopes of being praised can easily become an obsession.
Love and Belonging: A character who struggles to fit in may find it easier to be themselves and let go of their anxiety while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The ability to connect with others and forget their problems can cause a lonely person to remain in this state.