POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

SENTIMENTAL



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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 strongly influenced by feelings or emotional sentiment

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Emotional, romantic

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Having an overly sentimental parent
Wanting the attention that comes when excess emotion is expressed
Being unable to move beyond highly emotional events in one’s past
Being deeply in tune with one’s emotions and wanting to experience them frequently

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Being deeply touched by kindness; feeling one’s emotions keenly
Nostalgia
Having a clear view of one’s ideal spouse, job, etc., and refusing to compromise
Making decisions based on one’s feelings rather than on logic
Holding on to and cherishing keepsakes
Having clear memories of important days or occasions (a birth, a breakup, etc.)
Loyalty
Seeking out information on one’s ancestry and family
Valuing the stories behind certain keepsakes
Passing down heirlooms
Buying personalized gifts for people
Valuing time spent with loved ones
Crying over sad movies or books
Freely expressing one’s feelings, even in public
Becoming emotional when memories are stirred (when a song is played, etc.)
Being hurt when others don’t return one’s intensity of feeling
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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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