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:
Intrusive; prying into the affairs of others

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Interfering, meddlesome, prying, snooping

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Needing to feel superior, to be more in the know
Dissatisfaction with one’s life
Avoidance of one’s own shortcomings and problems
Loneliness
Being overly curious
Boredom
A suspicious nature; trust issues
A genuine sense of caring for others
A tendency to worry too much
Assuming responsibility for the welfare of others

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Asking pointed, inappropriate questions
Utilizing charm and kindness to make one seem approachable and trustworthy
Disrespecting personal boundaries
Spying and snooping on others
Reading over someone’s shoulder
Disregarding the privacy of others
Watchfulness
Inserting oneself into another’s life without permission
Making assumptions and jumping to conclusions
Chiding others or offering unwanted advice
Gossiping
Being intrigued by rumors
Reading into situations and actions
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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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