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:
Lacking common social graces; uncultivated

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Boorish, crude, ill-mannered, loutish, vulgar

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Being raised with a lack of social graces
Ignorance or a poor education
A lack of exposure to societal norms
Isolation
Low intelligence

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Eating noisily, with one’s mouth open
Loud, abrasive, or inappropriate laughter
Scratching oneself
Interrupting conversations
Eating with and licking one’s fingers
Picking one’s nose or blowing snot rockets in public
Burping or farting and thinking it’s funny or acceptable
Spitting
Speaking loudly or forcefully in a quiet venue
Ignoring suggestions to tone it down or rein in one’s behavior
Making disparaging remarks at inappropriate times
Complaining
Monopolizing the conversation; refusing to let others get a word in
Not respecting other people’s privacy
Changing the topic whenever one feels like it
Standing too close or leaning into another’s personal space
Leering at cleavage (men) or pawing at a potential target (women)
Dressing inappropriately for the occasion
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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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