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:
Exhibiting self-control and composure under trial or strain

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Long-suffering

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Believing that everything will work out in the end
Having an unhurried, easygoing demeanor
Maturity; understanding that it does no good to push or complain
Being other-focused rather than self-focused
Overcoming adversity (poverty, abuse, etc.) and recognizing that success takes time

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Having a laid-back approach to life
Driving carefully; taking one’s time
Speaking in an unrushed, leisurely fashion
Not worrying when things take longer than expected
Calmly waiting (not fidgeting or pacing)
Being able to amuse or entertain oneself while waiting
Not complaining when things are taking too long
Thinking positively instead of focusing on the negative
Enjoying the moment rather than always thinking about what’s coming next
Sleeping well
Not worrying over factors that are out of one’s control
Having the proper perspective about one’s problems
Treating others kindly
Friendliness
Letting others go first (in the checkout line, at a four-way stop, etc.)
Perseverance
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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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