POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

SOCIALLY AWARE



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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 aware of the wrongs within society and desiring to correct them

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Humanitarian, public-spirited

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Having a deep belief in social responsibility
Being taught from a young age to respect the world and the people in it
Being exposed to abuse or cruelty
Having a strong sense of right and wrong
A life-changing experience (viewing poverty or injustice in the third world, etc.)
Personally witnessing unethical behavior and living through the fallout
High intelligence
The belief that doing right is its own reward
Utilitarianism (the idea that doing what is best for all is beneficial in the long run)
Adhering to a spiritual or religious belief (karma, etc.)
Being empathetic

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Recognizing the effects of one’s actions
Not being prejudiced
Recycling
Giving to charities that support ethical ideals
Knowing the rules and abiding by them
Trusting others until they’re proven untrustworthy
Respecting the needs and opinions of others
Being deeply compassionate
Giving money to panhandlers
Being considerate
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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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