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:
Excessively proud of one’s appearance and accomplishments

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Conceited, egotistical, narcissistic

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Reinforcement in the formative years that one’s appearance determines one’s value
Growing up spoiled
Being paid for being beautiful (through modeling, etc.)
Narcissism
Having peers who are obsessed with their body image
Being surrounded by beautiful people
Fame and success

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Spending large amounts of money on beauty treatments and products
Comparing oneself to others
Only posting pictures that show oneself in a good light
Refusing to grow old gracefully
Obsessively working out
Strict dieting
Shallowness of character
Fussing with one’s hair and clothing
Wanting expensive clothing and adornments
Not leaving the house until one’s appearance is perfect
Indulging in excessive plastic surgery
Mirror gazing
Avoiding settings or scenarios that will mess up one’s look (windy venues, etc.)
Following fashion and trends
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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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