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 knowledge or education

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Misinformed, primitive, uneducated

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Growing up in a secluded society where knowledge of the wider world is limited
Being taught that one way of thinking is the only right way
Receiving an education that didn’t address certain topics
Laziness
Immaturity
A lack of empathy
Insecurity

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Spouting nonsense as truth
Believing what people say without doing any fact-checking
Being innocent (due to a lack of experience) regarding how society or the world works
Sharing erroneous information without verifying the facts
Repeating what one has been taught without questioning whether it’s right or wrong
Close-mindedness
Willfully disregarding the truth about certain issues
Arguing one’s point with incorrect or biased information
Sticking to one’s opinion regardless of the opposition
Speaking without thought for the feelings of others
Being unwelcoming to strangers
Strong sense of pride
Making (wrong) assumptions based on incorrect teachings
Knowing something is wrong but not caring because everyone does it
Holding onto antiquated beliefs because of pride in one’s lineage
Being passionate about one’s beliefs, even when they’re wrong or hurtful
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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 TV:
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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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