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:
Engaging in casual sexual behavior that is not restricted to one partner

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Licentious, loose, wanton

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
A strong libido and enjoyment of sexual contact
A desire for empowerment
The desire for sexual independence
Fear of being alone
Low self-esteem
Anxiety caused by feeling unloved
Sexual addictions
Fear of commitment and long-term relationships
Disdain for social or cultural rules
Loneliness
Intoxication or drug use
A history of sexual abuse
Trust issues

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Participating in one-night stands
Avoiding commitment
Dressing provocatively
Caving in to loneliness by going out to meet someone
Provocative movements and actions meant to draw sexual interest
Sex for the sake of sex, with no emotional attachments
Focusing heavily on one’s appearance
Playful sexual banter
Being open-minded to trying different things
Enjoying the attention and interest of others
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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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