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:
Immovable in will or purpose

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Close-minded, implacable, intolerant, uncompromising

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
A need for structure
Having a rigid fundamentalist or military background
Firmly believing in right and wrong, black and white
Needing to control
A fear of being perceived as weak or easily influenced
Believing that one should be obeyed or respected without question
Being set in one’s ways
Insecurity

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Seeing things as right or wrong, with no gray area
Close-mindedness
An inability to see things from a viewpoint that conflicts with one’s own
Passionately arguing in favor of one’s beliefs
Seeking to bring others around to one’s way of thinking
Taking personal offense when one’s beliefs are questioned
Refusing to entertain even the idea that the opposing viewpoint might be valid
Defensiveness
Stubbornness
Continuing on despite difficulties or setbacks
Beliefs that are resolute
Determination and commitment to one’s path and beliefs
Speaking rudely or brusquely to the opposition
Allowing an argument to turn personal (using insults, questioning someone’s integrity, 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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