EMOTION AMPLIFIER THESAURUS

ADDICTION



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HELPFUL TIP:

Amplifiers are conditions that enhance emotions, causing characters to become more volatile. This often leads to impaired decision-making, hasty actions and, best of all, mistakes. When utilizing an amplifier to generate conflict, think carefully about setting choices and which environments will naturally escalate emotion. An amplifier can also be perfect for triggering your character’s negative traits; the resulting fallout will draw attention to how his flaws trip him up and hold him back.
DEFINITION:

The compulsive need for a substance, marked by acute physiological symptoms upon the source’s withdrawal


NOTES:
Though people can be addicted to any number of things, for clarity, this entry has been limited to cues associated with substance addictions.

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Poor hygiene (yellowing teeth, chipped nails)
Sallow skin
Bloodshot, glassy, dull, or red eyes
Dilated or contracted pupils
Impaired coordination
Manic activity
Sudden weight loss or gain
Avoiding socializing with friends and co-workers in order to hide one's habit
Suspicious odors on the breath, clothing, or skin
Tremors and sweating
Slurred speech
Not showing up to appointments or social engagements
Financial difficulties (not making rent, having a car repossessed)
Selling items for cash or depleting one’s savings and investments
Asking others for money (using a plethora of excuses)
Stealing
Neglecting responsibilities at work or school
Broken relationships
Leaving old friends and clinging to new groups of people
Difficulty keeping a job
Evasive speech
A spaced-out appearance
Spending unusually long periods of time asleep or awake
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED ADDICTION:
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WRITERS TIP:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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SCENARIOS FOR BUILDING CONFLICT AND TENSION:
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