POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

PATRIOTIC



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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 love for or loyalty to one’s country

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Nationalistic

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Growing up in a military family
Being a history buff; having studied one’s country
Fighting in the armed services
Seeing the injustice in other countries and being grateful for where one lives
Escaping a dictatorial country to live in a place of freedom and equality
Being taught the importance of nationalism by one’s family
Being forced to leave a country that one sorely misses
Being brainwashed by one’s government

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Serving in the armed forces
Wearing the country’s colors
Attending parades and rallies
Displaying the nation’s flag
Being loyal to one’s country, people, and founding principles
Making sacrifices for one’s country
Celebrating the country’s holidays
Singing the national anthem
Becoming emotional during political events
Placing others before oneself
Becoming defensive or angry when someone speaks out against one’s country
Deriding the practices of other nations
Teaching one’s children to love their country
Buying goods that were produced in one’s country
Visiting a nation’s historical places
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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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