POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

PENSIVE



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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:
Musingly thoughtful

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Contemplative, meditative, reflective, speculative, thoughtful

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Having a mind that tends to wander or daydream
Shyness
Having a brooding or worrying nature
Being interested in issues that require deep thought (politics, religion, social issues, etc.)
Being the kind of person who needs introspection in order to process things
Desiring to escape reality
Being an intellectual

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Staring off into space
Sitting still for long periods of time
Wandering off by oneself
Going for isolated walks or drives
Thinking carefully before speaking
Speaking in circles; talking through one’s thoughts
Multitasking
Showing an appreciation for knowledge and education
Asking a lot of questions
Bringing up heady issues in order to discuss them with others
Valuing other points of view
Expressing annoyance when one’s thought process is interrupted
Becoming frustrated when one is unable to satisfactorily work through a problem
Being easily bored by topics that aren’t of interest
Going long periods of time without engaging with others
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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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