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:
Unyielding or obstinate

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Bullheaded, headstrong, mulish, obstinate, stiff-necked, willful

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Growing up spoiled and accustomed to getting one’s way
Control issues
Being fiercely independent
Having an intense drive to succeed, win, or be right
Excessive pride
Selfishness
Fear of appearing weak to others

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Reluctance to compromise
Defending one’s ideas and beliefs
Having a strong moral compass
Reacting negatively to criticism, even if it’s offered kindly
Being touchy about past mistakes
Refusing to admit defeat
Being highly opinionated
Tenaciousness and determination
Seeing one’s flaws as being part of oneself and refusing to change
Difficulty communicating when upset
Rarely admitting to being wrong
Not asking for help when one needs it
Citing past events when one was right
Feeling misunderstood
Having a high opinion of one’s views and beliefs
Being resistant to new ideas that don’t coincide with one’s beliefs
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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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