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:
Lacking coherence, orderliness, or systematic structure

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Chaotic

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Growing up in an unstructured environment (one of clutter or lack of planning, etc.)
Being free-spirited; having a desire to live in the moment
Irresponsibility
An inability to prioritize
Laziness
Having a fickle or flaky personality
Experiencing an emotional blow or loss that proves difficult to overcome
Mental instability or learning disabilities
Immaturity
Being overcommitted
Having a poor memory
Being gifted

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Being unable to make choices or prioritize
Confusion
Expressing contempt for rules and structure
Feeling overwhelmed
Keeping a messy work or home environment
Not being able to find what one wants when one needs it
Poor time-management skills (missing meetings, appointments or deadlines, etc.)
Misplacing things (keys, files, 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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