POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

PROPER



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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:
Marked by appropriateness and correctness; stately

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Decorous, dignified, formal

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Regional influences
Monetary status
Parental expectations
A desire to do the right thing
Not wanting to offend
Snootiness
Insecurity
Coming from a strict rule-following background

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Being keenly aware of what others think
Following rules
Keeping a tidy home
Not leaving the house unless one’s appearance is perfect
Speaking with proper grammar
Using a controlled voice (a soft tone, appropriate volume, etc.)
Not showing emotion in public
Loyalty
Creating many rules to keep others in line
Adhering to societal norms
Having high expectations for oneself and for others
Expressing disdain when others do things that are considered tacky
Belonging to prestigious groups or societies
Social climbing
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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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