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:
Thinking and acting ahead; anticipating difficulties or challenges that bring about change

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Farsighted, forward-thinking, strategic

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Being goal-oriented and achievement-focused
Needing to be prepared
Extreme worry or paranoia
Constantly being threatened or in danger
Having a strong sense of responsibility
Growing up in a well-prepared family (survivalists, doomsday preppers, etc.)

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Thinking before acting
Being a rational thinker
Having strong foresight; being able to see how things are connected
Broad-mindedness; seeing the forest for the trees
Researching and investigating a problem from all angles
Testing a solution before putting it into play
Being a planner
Watchfulness; looking for early indicators of change so one can counteract
Crowd sourcing for information; relying on teamwork
Creating checklists and questions that need answering
Thinking of the worst-case scenario so one can test out ideas
Prioritizing well
Taking one’s time rather than rushing
Being able to think on one’s feet
Having a strong gut instinct
Asking people how one can do something better for next time
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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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