NEGATIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

HUMORLESS



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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:
Having no sense of humor

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Boring, dull

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
The belief that frivolity is wrong
Snobbishness
High intelligence
Being overcommitted or overworked
A history categorized by sadness, making one afraid to embrace joy
A serious or somber personality
Growing up in a serious-minded family where fun and laughter weren’t emphasized
Mental disorders (schizophrenia, Asperger’s, obsessive compulsive personality disorder, etc.)

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Missing the humor behind jokes
Laughing only when prompted by others’ laughter
Refraining from activities that make one feel silly (dancing, karaoke, etc.)
Taking things too seriously
Not understanding sarcasm, teasing, or double meanings
An inability to laugh at oneself
Acting properly and in control at all times
Difficulty relaxing
Being confused by flirting
Struggling with small talk
Rambling instead of getting to the point
Making no effort to fill awkward silences
Having niche hobbies that others don’t understand or appreciate
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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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EXAMPLES FROM LITERATURE:
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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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