NEGATIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

UNETHICAL



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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:
Rejecting accepted moral beliefs and standards of conduct

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Corrupt, dishonorable

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Growing up in a society where one must do whatever it takes to survive
Social deviancy
A lack of empathy
Antisocial personality disorder
Placing a higher value on oneself than on others
Having a single-minded focus on one’s goal; greed
Believing that the ends justify the means
Jealousy; a desire to have what others have regardless of the cost

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Theft
Cheating on taxes or tests
Lying
Bending or breaking the rules
Turning a blind eye to inhumane animal treatment or testing
Publicizing one’s socially-acceptable actions while hiding those that are unconscionable
Paying for old exams
Having a sense of entitlement
Wanting to fit in or get ahead
Competitiveness
Blackmailing others
Cynicism
Insider trading, bribing others, or accepting bribes
Believing that one’s actions are acceptable as long as no one finds out
Selling prescriptions for profit
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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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