NEGATIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

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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:
Eager to challenge, argue, or confront

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Argumentative, combative, contentious, pugnacious, quarrelsome

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Believing oneself to be right and everyone else to be wrong
Overconfidence
A history of connecting unhealthily with others through conflict
A pessimistic outlook
Having a compulsive need to stand up to others or defend oneself
Feeling helpless or trapped
Having a subconscious desire to see others brought down to one’s level of unhappiness
Depression or a sense of despair
Anger issues

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Argumentativeness, verbal sparring
Always taking the opposing viewpoint
Striking up confrontational conversations
Seeking out, rather than avoiding, volatile people and situations
Deliberately making inflammatory statements
Extreme competitiveness
Moodiness
Paranoia
High blood pressure, tension headaches
Intimidation
A critical, negative outlook
Hiding all of one’s vulnerabilities so others cannot use them against oneself
Not respecting the personal space of others
Researching topics to prepare for verbal battles
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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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