NEGATIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

IMPATIENT



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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:
Restless or short-tempered when facing delay or opposition

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Antsy, restless

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Immaturity
A history of getting what one wants very quickly
Being prone to excitability
Needing instant gratification
Having great wealth or connections that easily enable one to get what one wants
An egocentric attitude and sense of entitlement

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Demanding that things be done right now
Scouting out the fastest way to achieve one’s goal (picking the quickest check-out line, etc.)
Competitiveness
Becoming frustrated with laid-back, easygoing people
Being short-tempered
Snapping at people
Irritability
Moving at a fast pace; rushing
Nagging
Micro-managing
Making a nuisance of oneself (calling every day to check the status of a project, etc.)
Complaining when things don’t happen as quickly as one would like
Taking over someone else’s job so as to make things happen faster
Restless movements (pacing, drumming one’s fingers, constantly checking the time, 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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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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