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:
Thinking and acting for oneself; resisting influence

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Autonomous, self-reliant, self-sufficient

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Having trust issues
Needing to be in control
Shyness
Being introverted
Having a rebellious streak
Experiencing oppression in the past
Believing in oneself and one’s abilities
A history of personal success and capability
Desiring to be beholden to no one

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Self-reliance
Accepting others
Exhibiting inner emotional strength
Trustworthiness
Striving for what one wants; not settling
Having a strong work ethic
Being able to do things on one’s own
Enjoying solitude and being alone
Seeking out information and then making up one’s mind
Trusting one’s intuition
Being centered; knowing who one is and what one’s role is in the world
Being goal oriented
Not being affected by peer pressure
Choosing not to meddle in other people’s lives
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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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