POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

PERCEPTIVE



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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:
Showing intuitive observation and insight

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Discerning, insightful, intuitive

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Having a “sixth sense” that enables one to notice or feel things that others don’t
Being deeply attuned to others
Being highly empathetic
Being attuned to patterns and other data that enables one to make accurate predictions

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Accurately assessing what one is observing
Making predictions based on incoming data
Noticing things that other people don’t see
Making connections that other people miss
Noticing changes and patterns
Reading people well
Predicting outcomes that seem outrageous but turn out to be correct
Sensing that something is wrong
Having highly attuned senses
Being compelled to share the truth even when it makes things difficult
Sharing knowledge in the hopes that others will be warned or danger will be averted
Expressing confidence, pride, or haughtiness at one’s ability to see what others don’t
Quickly assessing problems
Finding solutions
Seeing solutions as black-and-white
Being able to read people’s moods
Gleaning a great deal of information from a short period of time spent observing
Caring about others
Being observant
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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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