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:
Continually scolding and verbally prodding others in an unwelcome fashion

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Shrewish

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Being highly devout
Believing that it’s one’s job to guide and correct others for their own good
A lack of trust
Control issues
Insecurities that cause one to live vicariously through others

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Continually checking up on others to monitor their progress
Using guilt or other underhanded techniques to manipulate behavior
Assuming that people will fall short of one’s expectations
Projecting a desire for achievement and acclaim onto others
Never being content; always wanting more from others
Watching for signs that others are not dedicated to their duties
Being hyper aware while watching a student or protégé
Using uptight body language (arms crossed, stiff posture, tense muscles)
Infrequent smiles
Asking questions that contain reminders: "You promised to call Dad after work tonight, right?"
Expressing anger and frustration when others don’t immediately comply
Giving criticism and instruction rather than encouragement
Having high expectations and standards
Using abrupt hand signals and gestures
Speaking rapidly, in a stiff tone
Worrying about the future
Voicing anger or frustration
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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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