POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

METICULOUS



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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:
Taking great care with minute details

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Exact, fastidious, precise, scrupulous, thorough

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Being a perfectionist
Being raised by fastidious parents in a strict environment
Mental disabilities (OCD, anorexia, etc.)
Phobias (fear of germs, failure, etc.)
Having high standards for oneself and others
Fear of letting others down or of retribution for not meeting a certain standard
A need for approval

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Paying close attention to the tiniest details of a project
Taking one’s responsibilities seriously
Always doing one’s best
Taking pride in one’s work
Obsessively cleaning and tidying
Micromanaging others
Going over and over the details in one’s mind, looking for things that were missed
Expressing aggravation when people don’t strive for the same standard
Checking the quality of other people’s work
Maintaining a neat appearance
Being inefficient due to the need to get things just right
Planning ahead
Making lists
Becoming easily frustrated by change or unexpected circumstances
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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 TV:
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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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