POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

HONEST



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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:
Honorable in intentions; straightforward in conduct

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Authentic, direct, frank, genuine, sincere, straightforward, truthful

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Having a strong sense of honor
Having firm opinions about right and wrong
Having no filter; saying what comes to mind without thought
Wanting healthy, functional relationships
Not being affected by what others may think or feel
Being hurt in the past by the concealment of truth
Being responsible
Valuing trustworthiness
Being pure and innocent (e.g. children)

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Owning up to one’s mistakes
Acknowledging one’s weaknesses
Striving to balance honesty and tact
Failing to find balance and exhibiting a lack of tact
Redirecting the conversation in an effort to avoid lying
Respecting the privacy of others
Being uncomfortable with keeping secrets or knowledge from others
Being authentic
Working through problems in relationships by talking things out
Keeping meticulous records so as to dispel any accusation of dishonesty
Looking others in the eye
Openness
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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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CHALLENGING SCENARIOS FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS TRAIT:
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TRAITS IN SUPPORTING CHARACTERS THAT MAY CAUSE CONFLICT:
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