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:
Marked by sensible management and economy

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Economical, frugal

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Having economical or penny-pinching parents
Growing up in an environment of need
A desire for efficiency
A fear of going without
Fearing what the future may hold
Feeling a responsibility to be a good steward of one’s resources and possessions

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Saving money rather than spending it
Making a budget and sticking to it
Showing disdain for waste and extravagance
Keeping a close eye on one’s accounts
Using coupons
Using only what one needs
Setting limits on one’s expenditures
Shopping at thrift stores or buying on consignment
Making purchases when things go on sale
Participating in hobbies and activities that are inexpensive
Avoiding any kind of waste
Eating all the food on one’s plate at mealtimes
Saving up for large purchases rather than buying right away
Fixing broken items in an effort to get more use out of them
Living within one’s means
Repurposing old items (turning a bald tire into a swing, etc.)
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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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