POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

NURTURING



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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:
Having the desire and ability to nourish and further the development of others

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Caring, maternal

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Being responsible in the past as a nurturer of others (children, the infirm, etc.)
Being the recipient of great love and kindness
Wanting to be needed
Having an abundance of love
Gratitude; caring for someone out of appreciation for the kindness they have shown
Having an innate tendency to nurture others

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Using kind, encouraging words
Speaking in a calm tone
Patience
Taking advantage of gentle teaching opportunities
Anticipating a need and meeting it
Actively listening, to show that one cares
Providing for someone’s basic needs
Being protective
Jumping to someone’s defense
Encouraging someone to pursue a talent or area of giftedness
Showing support
Keeping mementos in the hopes of passing them down to loved ones some day
Treating strangers like family; being a good host
Worrying over setbacks or poor choices that may happen to those in one’s care
Being present for important events
Showing affection
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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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