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:
Marked by a lack of proper caution; being careless of consequences

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Careless, heedless, imprudent

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Conceit
A rebellious nature
Needing to prove something to others
Needing to be accepted or liked
Being an adrenaline junkie
Perceived invulnerability
A naturally fearless nature
An utter lack of care or concern for oneself
Impulsivity
Immaturity; the lack of ability or desire to make careful decisions
ADHD or ADD
Suicidal tendencies; believing that there’s nothing to live for
Guilt or shame
Long-term anger or rage
Excessive pride and self-confidence
Addictions
Being raised by adventurous and fearless parents

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Driving too fast
Driving while intoxicated
Engaging in unprotected sex
Endangering others
Having a sense of fun and adventure
Committing to an action and then following through no matter what
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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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