POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

TRADITIONAL



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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:
Acting and thinking in accordance with established beliefs and practices

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Conservative, conventional, orthodox

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Being brought up with a respect for one’s heritage and past
Identifying strongly with one’s ancestors
Taking pride in one’s family history
Belonging to an “old family” with deeply embedded traditions
Having a romanticized view or interest in the past and old traditions

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Placing old beliefs and practices above innovation and new ideas
Holding to simplistic beliefs and values that do not change
Dressing and acting in ways that adhere to an established code
Finding comfort in patterns, routines, and old customs
Doing something a certain way because that’s how it’s always been done
Being happy with the status quo; not seeking changes
Passing on ideas to one’s children (marriage or gender roles, superstitions, etc.)
Clinging to a long-standing family career (raising cattle on a family ranch, etc.)
Participating in old-fashioned customary events (coming of age dances, etc.)
Celebrating ceremonies and holidays that remain unchanged throughout the years
Having strong ties to one’s family, community, and culture
Mistrusting outsiders or people with different ideas and beliefs
Respecting the wisdom of one’s elders
Openly disapproving of modern ways and technology
Being community-minded or family-focused
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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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