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:
Not haughty, arrogant, or superior

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Demure, meek, modest, unpretentious

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Being naturally introverted
Growing up in the shadow of talented parents or siblings
Living in an environment where one shouldn’t call attention to oneself
Having an honest desire to see others receive recognition and praise
Coming from a religious background that teaches honoring others rather than oneself
Having low self-esteem or confidence
Being shy

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Avoiding the spotlight
Taking background roles
Downplaying one’s skills and abilities
Talking up the accomplishments of others
Feeling satisfaction at being part of a team
Expressing discomfort when complimented
Deferring to others when disagreements or stalemates arise
Speaking in a quiet voice
Using unassuming movements that don’t draw the eye
Engaging in hobbies and activities that don’t call attention to oneself
Not bragging about one’s successes
Having a strong work ethic
Responding to internal rather than external motivators
Doing one’s work without grumbling or complaint
Generosity
Using words that are uplifting and encouraging
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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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