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:
Unswervingly devoted
Note: The object of one’s loyalty can be a person, institution, or ideal

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Committed, dedicated, devoted, faithful, staunch, steadfast, true

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Experiencing loyalty in the past and valuing it
Experiencing betrayal in the past and wanting no part of it
Love
Coming from a strict military or religious background where loyalty was expected
Believing that the object of one’s loyalty is more important than oneself
Fear of retribution
Being highly appreciative and desiring to show one’s gratitude

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Showing extreme devotion to rock bands, celebrities, sports figures, etc.
Proselytizing; trying to win over more fans
Seeking out others who share one’s affection for the object
Talking incessantly about the object
Striving to make oneself more visible or noticeable to the object
Not tolerating any negative words spoken about the object
Taking interest in the object’s hobbies and activities
Protecting the object at all costs (ignoring misbehaviors, lying to cover things up, etc.)
Putting the object’s needs and desires above one’s own
Spending a great deal of time with the object
Believing the best of the object
Taking steps to further the object’s dreams or goals
Dismissing or shunning anyone who speaks badly of the object
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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 LITERATURE:
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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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