POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

RESPONSIBLE



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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:
Being accountable for one’s actions and obligations

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Accountable, dependable, reliable, trustworthy

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Being the first-born
Growing up as a caregiver for younger siblings or debilitated parents
Facing a situation in the past where survival depended on one’s ability to care for oneself
Having an acute sense of right and wrong
Gratitude that compels one to take care of others
Having a patriotic sense of family, community, and country
Growing up in an environment of strict rules and expectations
Belonging to a family with built-in obligations (a family that runs its own business, etc.)
The belief that people should be held accountable for their actions

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Having a solid work ethic
Keeping promises
Doing one’s job to the best of one’s ability
Taking pride in one’s work
Finishing projects in a timely manner
Looking out for the people in one’s charge
Taking on extra duties in order to make ends meet
Accepting responsibility when mistakes are made
Not making excuses
Feeling remorse, regret, or guilt when one’s choices have let someone else down
Experiencing anxiety when complications make it difficult to fulfill one’s obligations
Taking pride in one’s reputation; striving to uphold it
Relating to people in a respectful manner
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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 FILM:
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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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