POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

PERSUASIVE



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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:
Able to influence others by argument, entreaty, counsel, or protest

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Compelling, convincing, eloquent, influential

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Being naturally charismatic
Being passionate about a certain subject
Confidence
Desiring to enlighten or educate others
Having a knack for reading people and influencing them
Knowing how to speak, write, or otherwise present matter in the most appealing way

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Being charming
Inspiring trust in others
Instinctively knowing the right thing to say
Paying close attention to others
Being a charismatic speaker
Listening actively
Reading others well
Carefully tailoring one’s approach to the audience
Being confident
Having a reputation as someone who knows one’s stuff
Being passionate
Showing vulnerability in order to gain empathy
Persuading others through results; doing what one says one will accomplish
Knowing what concerns people care about and having answers ready
Showing extreme dedication to one’s cause
Being diplomatic
Staying focused on the end result
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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 HISTORY:
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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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