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:
Exhibiting thoughts that are not logical or connected

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Airheaded, bewildered

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Difficulty thinking more than one step ahead
Disdain for structure and responsibility
Immaturity
Brain damage
Growing up in a disorganized household
Having a free-spirited personality
A degenerative brain disease
Attention disorders

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Missing meetings and appointments
Tardiness
Messiness
Going off on conversational tangents that make no sense
Constantly losing one’s phone, keys, etc.
Making excuses for one’s behavior
Poor planning skills
Distraction
Disorganization
Poor decision-making
Ineffective attempts at gathering one’s thoughts (grocery lists that are left at home, etc.)
Focusing so much on one area that others are neglected
Forgetting birthdays and other events
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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 TV:
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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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