POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

UNSELFISH



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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:
Thinking of others and acting on their behalf rather than being concerned with oneself

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Selfless

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Having an altruistic nature
A religious upbringing that emphasized serving others
The belief that what goes around comes around
Appreciating the joy that comes from helping others
The belief that every person’s value is equal to one’s own
Having a strong sense of right and wrong
Gratitude for the blessings one has received

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Observing others to learn what they want
Letting others make decisions (where to dine, where to go on vacation, etc.)
Letting others go first (in the grocery line, at stop signs, etc.)
Buying thoughtful gifts to make someone happy
Willingness to share what one has
Instinctively knowing what someone needs
Interpreting the meaning behind people’s words
Giving sacrificially of one’s resources to help someone else
Making donations to charities
Empathy
Attentive listening
Speaking thoughtfully, so as not to hurt other people’s feelings
Humility
Thinking of others more than oneself
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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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