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:
Disinclined to exercise or work; not energetic or vigorous

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Idle, inactive, indolent, languid, lethargic, shiftless, slothful, sluggish

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Physical limitations
Illness
Growing up in an environment where one didn’t have to work
An attitude of entitlement
A fear of failure (using laziness as an excuse to avoid applying oneself)
Valuing comfort over all else

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Resisting changes that would require more work
Ducking responsibility
Not volunteering for anything extra
Excessive sleeping
Sitting sedately for long periods of time
Avoiding all physical exertions (asking someone to bring them a phone or TV remote)
Taking elevators and escalators instead of using the stairs
Circling a parking lot, waiting for a better spot to become available
Ordering out instead of cooking
Wearing dirty clothes because none are clean
Procrastination
Doing a job the easiest way possible
Being content to let things remain the way they are
Lowering one’s standards
Over-indulging in sedate activities (watching TV, reading, playing games on the computer, etc.)
Completing tasks in a sloppy, half-hearted fashion
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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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