NEGATIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

ABRASIVE



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HELPFUL TIP:

Characters with this flaw will be extra sensitive to certain emotions, so think about how events in your story might specifically trigger these feelings to generate compelling tension and conflict. Another idea is to give a supporting character a positive attribute that is an opposite of this flaw, which will get under the skin of both characters and cause friction in their relationship.
DEFINITION:

Rubbing others the wrong way through lack of thought or care; irritating


SIMILAR FLAWS:
Annoying, caustic, coarse, galling, irritating

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Poor social skills
Not caring about what others think
Being issue-oriented rather than people-oriented
Being raised in a verbally harsh environment
Needing to be right
Having a need to prove one’s knowledge to others
Mental disorders or learning disabilities
A lack of empathy

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Showing impatience with others
Talking or laughing too loudly
Speaking without thought, being overly blunt
Not caring about or picking up on social cues
Not respecting the personal space of others
Deliberately pursuing topics of conversation known to be a source of irritation
Difficulty maintaining friendships
Living in isolation
Lacking emotional constraint
Causing offense or discomfort and being unbothered by it
Saying whatever one thinks or feels at any given moment
Keeping others waiting
Driving offensively; showing little consideration for others on the road
Being conceited (bragging, reminding others of one’s strengths, etc.)
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ASSOCIATED THOUGHTS:
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ASSOCIATED EMOTIONS:
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POSITIVE ASPECTS:
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NEGATIVE ASPECTS:
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EXAMPLE FROM FILM:
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OVERCOMING THIS TRAIT AS A MAJOR FLAW:
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TRAITS IN SUPPORTING CHARACTERS THAT MAY CAUSE CONFLICT:
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