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:
Satisfying one’s appetites, passions, and whims without restraint

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Uncontrolled, undisciplined, unrestrained

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Laziness
Poor judgment
A live-in-the-moment attitude that dismisses consequences down the road
A spoiled or entitled upbringing
A rebellious nature
A history of overindulgence without negative consequences
Lacking willpower
Having worked hard and exhibited discipline with little or no positive outcome
Low self-esteem
Depression

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Overeating
Not exercising
Going to bed late
Oversleeping
Doing what one wants at the moment without thinking of the future
Overindulging in a hobby (playing video games, watching TV, surfing the web, etc.)
Getting sick from indulging in an excess of unhealthy foods or drinks
Knowing the consequences of overindulging but feeling powerless to stop
Guilt and shame
Arriving late to work, school, and appointments
Not taking care of one’s appearance
Poor time management
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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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