POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

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HELPFUL TIP:

Characters with this positive attribute will be extra sensitive to certain emotions, so think about how events might specifically trigger feelings in a way that elevates or lowers their moods or causes moral dilemmas to form—whichever best fits your story goals. Try giving a supporting character a negative trait that acts as an opposite of this attribute, causing frustration, disillusionment, or even emotional volatility that leads to poor decisions and mistakes.
DEFINITION:
Being aware of and watchful for possible change or danger

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Aware, vigilant, watchful

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Growing up during a period of war or turmoil
Being exposed to danger or prejudice
Having parents who taught one to be wary of danger
Being hurt or abused in the past
Living in a society categorized by uncertainty, corruption, or mistrust

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Anticipating possible dangers before they occur
Planning ahead
Evaluating one’s options
Always having an exit strategy
Asking questions
Paying close attention to what is said
Being highly observant
Having heightened senses; noticing things that others miss
Thinking about the What if? scenario
Avoiding risk and situations where one might be in danger
Being prepared for alternatives
Valuing one’s privacy
Heeding the rules and warnings; reading the fine print
Being cautious when it comes to online safety
Locking doors
Adhering to proven, stable routines and choices
Paying attention to one’s intuition
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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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CHALLENGING SCENARIOS FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS TRAIT:
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TRAITS IN SUPPORTING CHARACTERS THAT MAY CAUSE CONFLICT:
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