NEGATIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

VINDICTIVE



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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:
Disposed toward seeking revenge

SIMILAR FLAWS:
Hateful, malicious, retaliatory, ruthless, vengeful

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Excessive ego
Desiring to be perceived as strong
Having a position or reputation that must be protected (a mafia don, a gang member, etc.)
Having been victimized in the past
Needing to be in control
Anger issues
Narcissism or antisocial personality disorder
Mental disorders (oppositional defiant disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, etc.)
Participating in deviant activities that encourage one’s dark urges (watching violent pornography)

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
An inability to forgive
Obsessing over a slight or insult
Daydreaming about ways to make the other party pay
Damaging an offending person’s property
Looking for ways to discredit an enemy
Laying elaborate plans in order to exact revenge
Experiencing a sense of relief upon retaliation
Bragging about having avenged oneself
Making threats
Sending hateful letters and emails
Spreading rumors
Trying to get a person fired or ruin his relationships
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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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