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:
Having a marked (often innate) ability, usually in a creative, athletic, or artistic field

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Accomplished, adept, expert, gifted, proficient, skilled

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Having a natural aptitude in a given area
Being exposed to many different experiences and activities
Dedication and perseverance
A deep, passionate love of a sport, type of music, art form, etc.

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Gravitating towards activities that emphasize one’s skill
Pushing oneself to always improve
Perfectionism
Exhibiting a strong work ethic
Associating with people who can further one’s career or increase one’s advantage
Learning everything possible about one’s area of giftedness
Trying new tricks and techniques to increase one’s ability
Competitiveness
Being goal oriented
Not being satisfied with the status quo
Worrying about the motives of others: "Do they like me for me or for what I have to offer?"
Growing up too fast
Seeking out successful mentors and coaches
Comparing oneself to others
Worrying about one’s image
Idolizing and studying successful icons in one’s field of giftedness
Quickly outpacing other same-age athletes or artists
Having difficulty accepting a loss gracefully
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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 POP CULTURE:
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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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