Character Traits

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First Name
Last Name
Maiden Name, if applicable
Year Story Takes Place
Birthdate If blank, a date will be generated.
Birthplace Current Home
Earth Earth
Luna Luna
Mars Mars
McCourt Station, 36 Ophiuchi McCourt Station, 36 Ophiuchi
Boxton Station, 61 Cygni Boxton Station, 61 Cygni
Wilkins Station, 70 Ophiuchi Wilkins Station, 70 Ophiuchi
Atl (C'durn 1), 82 Eridani Atl (C'durn 1), 82 Eridani
Dhakhan Station, 82 Eridani Dhakhan Station, 82 Eridani
Lethns, 82 Eridani Lethns, 82 Eridani
Karama Station, Alpha Centauri Karama Station, Alpha Centauri
March Station, Alpha Centauri March Station, Alpha Centauri
Titov, Alpha Centauri Titov, Alpha Centauri
Imperator (C'durn 2), Delta Pavonis Imperator (C'durn 2), Delta Pavonis
Shockley Station, Delta Pavonis Shockley Station, Delta Pavonis
Hatzes, Epsilon Eridani Hatzes, Epsilon Eridani
Cloudy Sky Station, Epsilon Eridani Cloudy Sky Station, Epsilon Eridani
Brattain Station, Epsilon Indi Brattain Station, Epsilon Indi
Makeda, Eta Cassiopeiae Makeda, Eta Cassiopeiae
Archid Station, Eta Cassiopeiae Archid Station, Eta Cassiopeiae
Keid Station, Omicron 2 Eridani Keid Station, Omicron 2 Eridani
Chang Jiang, Omicron 2 Eridani Chang Jiang, Omicron 2 Eridani
Apalala, Sigma Draconis Apalala, Sigma Draconis
Franklin Station, Sigma Draconis Franklin Station, Sigma Draconis
Bardeen Station, Tau Ceti Bardeen Station, Tau Ceti
Zero Gravity Location Zero Gravity Location
Other High Gravity Location Other High Gravity Location
Other Low Gravity Location Other Low Gravity Location
Sexual Orientation
0 Exclusively heterosexual with no homosexual
1 Predominantly heterosexual, only incidentally homosexual
2 Predominantly heterosexual, but more than incidentally homosexual
3 Equally heterosexual and homosexual
4 Predominantly homosexual, but more than incidentally heterosexual
5 Predominantly homosexual, only incidentally heterosexual
6 Exclusively homosexual
Racial Background

Select all that apply

Africa Asia Europe
Western Africa
Middle Africa
Northern Africa
Southern Africa
Eastern Africa
Eastern Asia
Western Asia
South-Eastern Asia
South-Central Asia
Eastern Europe
Northern Europe
Western Europe
Southern Europe
Latin America North America Oceania
Central America
South America
North America
Native American
Australia and New Zealand
Sol System    
Mars, Jupiter and Saturn
Body Type
Ectomorph (slim)
Mesomorph (muscular)
Endomorph (curvy)
Body Frame
Small Frame
Medium Frame
Large Frame
Body Fat
Very Overweight
Muscle Tone
Body Hair
Similar to skin tone
Some Body Hair Differs from skin tone somewhat
Like a sheep Extreme difference from skin tone
Face Shape
Oval Rectangular Round Square Heart Triangular Diamond
Only slightly narrower at the jaw line than at the temples, with a gently rounded hairline. Long and slender, about the same width at forehead and just below cheekbones. May have a very narrow chin or a very high forehead. Full-looking face with a round chin and hairline. Widest point is at the cheeks and ears. A strong, square jaw line and usually an equally square hairline. Face is wide at the temples and hairline, narrowing to a small delicate chin. Reverse of the heart-shape . . . a dominant jaw line with narrowing at the cheek bone and temples. A cross between heart and a dramatic oval. Widest at the cheekbones, and narrow equally at the forehead and jaw line.
Slant of the Eye From Inner to Outer Corner
Size of Iris
Eyes slant up No slant Eyes slant down Small iris Average iris Large iris

Space Between the Eyes
Set of the Eyes
Close together Average spacing Far apart Deep set eyes Average Protruding eyes

Size of the Eyes
Ethnic Character of the Eyes
Small Average Large Asian eyes and lids None Brown Sclera
Eye Color
Light Blue Blue Blue Green Hazel Light Brown Brown Dark Brown No Melanin
Eyebrow Curvature
Eyebrow Height
Flat Eyebrows Curved Eyebrows Arched Eyebrows Low eyebrows Medium eyebrows High eyebrows
No Features Horizontal wrinkles Single vertical dagger Widow's Peak hairline Low Forehead Average Forehead High Forehead
Hair Length
Medium (ears to shoulders)
Hair Style

Describe charcter's hair style.

Hair Color
Black Dark Brown Brown Light Brown Dark Blonde Blonde Light Blonde Auburn (brownish red) Red Strawberry Blonde White Gray
Facial Hair
Side Burns
Skin Color
Black Dark Brown Light Brown Yellow Beige Dark Beige Light Beige White
Skin Type
Oily Skin Dry Skin Complex Dry Skin Normal Skin Acne Troubled Skin Sensitive Skin
Did you have a problem with acne during high school? Does your hair tend to be oily? Does your foundation tend to wear off within a few hours? Do you wake up with an oily film on your nose, forehead, an chin? Do you tan easily? Are you under thirty-five? Is your hair dry? Do your hands often feel tight and rough? Does your skin feel tight after washing or showering? Did your skin sail through adolescence with little or no problems? Are you over thirty five? Do you have raised brown spots, large freckles, or reddish patches on your skin? Have you developed lines around eyes and forehead? Is your skin dull with a pale or yellowish tone? Does your skin sag along the jawline? Do you have even skin color, free of red or dark patches? Are you free of enlarged pores? Did acne problems clear up after high school? Does your hair stay fresh between shampoos? Can you try products without fear of irritation? Do new products tend to make your skin break out? Did you have moderate to severe acne during high school? Does your skin break out even if you are careful about your cleansing and diet? Are you troubled by dandruff? Did your parents have oily or acne-troubled skin? Sensitive skin is thin and you may see red capillaries close to the nose area, or even on the cheeks. Cheeks may be extra red or could even have an acne disorder called Rosacea. Usually, there is no oil on the tissue, but you could have oil in T-Zone areas.
Information on how to determine your skin type
Skin Anomalies (Not Just on Face)
Warts Callouses Birthmarks Blisters Wrinkles Scars Stretch Marks Tattoos and Body Modification Saggy Skin Age Spots Moles Freckles Broken Blood Vessels Lack of Pigmentation
Nose Profile
Aquiline Nose Straight from Forehead Hawk Nose Short/Flat Nose Straight from Bridge of Nose Concave
The Aquiline nose is slightly convex, usually with a bump. THE Straight Nose is perfectly straight from the forehead. It is fine and well-chiselled, but not sharp. THE Hawk Nose is very convex, and preserves its convexity like a bow, throughout the whole length from the eyes to the tip. A short or flat nose. A nose that is straight from the keystone area of the nose between the eyes instead of from the forehead. A nose where the primary feature is an upward turning.
NOTES ON NOSES by George Jabet
Nose Bridge
Nose Tip
Well-Defined and Pointy
Very Rounded/Not Well-Defined
Nose Base
Underside of Nose
Slants Up
Slants Down
Balanced Undefined Thin Full Top Heavy Bottom Heavy Down-turned Uneven
Bottom and top lips are equal in proportion and fullness. Top lip is a Cupid's bow shape. The lip shape is not visible, pale in color. Lips are thin, especially when smiling. Lips are very full. Top lip is larger than bottom lip. Bottom lip is larger than top lip. Corners of mouth turn down. Irregular, lopsided or unbalanced lips.
Make the best of your lips the old fashioned way
Teeth SizeDental Problems
Small Teeth
Crooked Teeth and Orthodontic Problems
Medium-sized Teeth Bad Breath, Bad Teeth, Bad Gums
Large Teeth Chipped or Damaged Teeth
Some Large, Some Small Teeth None
Hand Size
Finger Length
Finger Width
Finger Tips
Palm Lines
Few Deep Lines
Many Well-defined Lines
Many Fine, Spidery Lines
Hand and Fingernail Condition
Chewed, Ragged or Uneven Nails Manicured Nails Fingernails of colors other than pale moons and pink flesh (white and waxy, blue, red) Abnormal Nail Arc Shadows (Moons) No Nail Arc Shadows (Moons) Fingernail Grooves Thin Nails Thick Nails Narrow Nails Wide Nails Prominent Knuckles Calloused Fingers (either from manual labor, writing, or playing a musical instrument) Bent or Twisted Fingers
Palmistry - Types of Hands - Palmistry Basics - Fingernails - Diagonistic Tool
Health Issues See Psychological section for Mental Health issues.
Allergies Arthritis Asthma Chronic Fatigue Chronic Pain Heart Disease Dementia Diabetes Endocrine Disorder
Headache Immune Disorder Gastrointestinal Disorder Neurological Disorder Respiratory Disorder Vascular Disorder Nagging Cough Sore Throat Skin Rash
Vision Problems Knee Pain Back Pain Earaches Hearing Problems High Blood Pressure A Rare Disease Cancer Deformity
Muscular/Skeletal Problems Albinism
No smell Natural and Pleasant Natural and Stinky Greasy or Dirty Perfume or Cologne Soap Mint Citrus
Lilac Rose Lavendar Vanilla Clove Antiseptic Sandalwood Cinnamon
Voice Pitch
Voice Quality
Aphonic Biphonic Breathy Covered Creaky
Example   Example   Example
A whisper or no sound Two independent pitches The sound of air is apparent Muffled or 'darkened' sound Sounds like two hard surfaces rubbing against one another
inability to set vocal folds into vibration, caused by lack of appropriate power (air pressure) or a muscular/tissue problem of the folds two sources of sound (e.g., true folds and false folds, or two folds and whistle due to vortex in air) noise is caused by turbulence in or near glottis, caused by loose valving of laryngeal muscles (lateral cricoarytenoid, interarytenoid and posterior cricoarytenoid). lips are rounded and protruded or larynx is lowered to lower all formants so a stronger fundamental is obtained a complex pattern of vibrations in the vocal folds creates a intricate formation of subharmonics and modulations
Diplophonic Flutter Glottalized Hoarse Honky
pitch supplemented with another pitch one octave lower, roughness usually apparent often called bleat because it sounds like a lamb's cry clicking noise heard during voicing harsh, grating sound excessive nasality
a period doubling, or Fo/2 subharmonic amplitude changes or frequency modulations in the 8-12Hz range forceful adduction or abduction of the vocal folds during speech combination of irregularity in vocal fold vibration and glottal noise generation excessive acoustic energy couples to the nasal tract
Jitter Modal Pressed Pulsed (fry) Resonant (ringing)
  Example Example Example  
pitch sounds rough normal voice harsh, often loud (strident) quality sounds similar to food cooking in a hot frying pan brightened or 'ringing' sound that carries well
fundamental frequency varies from cycle to cycle   vocal processes of the arytenoid cartilages are squeezed together, constricting the glottis, and causing low airflow and medial compression of the vocal folds sound gaps caused by intermittent energy packets below 70 Hz and formant energy dies out prior to re-excitation epilaryngeal resonance is enhanced, producing a strong spectral peak at 2500-3500 Hz; in effect, formants F3, F4 and F5 are clustered
Rough Shimmer Strained Strohbass Tremerous
uneven, bumpy sound appearing to be unsteady short-term, but persisting over the long-term crackly, buzzy effortfulness apparent in voice, hyperfunction of neck muscles, entire larynx may compress popping sound; vocal fry during singing affected by trembling or tremors
modes of vibration of the vocal folds are not synchronized short-term (cycle-to-cycle) variation in a signal's amplitude excessive energy focused in laryngeal region sound gaps caused by intermittent energy packets below 70 Hz and formant energy dies out prior to re-excitation modulation of 1-15 Hz in either amplitude or pitch due to a neurological or biomechanical cause
Twangy Ventricular Wobble Yawny  
sharp, bright sound very rough (Louis Armstrong-type voice) wavering or irregular variation in sound quality is akin to sounds made during a yawn  
often attributed to excessive nasality, but probably also has an epilaryngeal basis phonation using the false folds anterior rather than the vocal folds; unless intentional due to damage to the true folds, considered an abnormal muscle pattern dysphonia amplitude and/or frequency modulations in the 1-3 Hz range larynx is lowered and pharynx is widened, as people do when yawning - hence the name  
Voice Qualities
Distinctive Voice or Speech Traits

List any distinctive voice or speech traits, like an accent, a lisp, stutter or use of slang terms from a particular culture.

Limited, unfamiliar with English
Poor, badly educated
Average but unique
Above average, well educated
Above average, show-off
Misuses words often
Distinctive Features

List any distinctive features of the character, like a scar, tattoo, or big ears.


Describe the character's stance (relaxed, stiff, slouched).


Describe the character's walk (lumbering, scampering, limping).

Common Gestures

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Facial Expression

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Clothes and Shoes

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Describe the cosmetics and grooming products the character uses, like lipstick, hairspray, aftershave.


Describe the character's motto or favorite phrases.

Number of Siblings
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Place in Sibling Order
One of a multiple birth
Middle Child
Only Child
Relationships within Family

Describe the relationships within the character's birth family.

Character History Outline

Describe the character's history briefly.

Family Background
Character's Religion
Importance of Religion for Family
Importance of Religion for Character
Parents' Occupations
Father's OccupationMother's Occupation
Internal Support
Law Enforcement
Religious Vocation

Describe the character's father's occupation.

Internal Support
Law Enforcement
Religious Vocation

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Family Traditions

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Notable Relatives

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Economic Class
Family's Economic Class (Growing Up)
Upper Class
Upper-Middle Class
Middle Class
Lower-Middle Class

Character's Economic Class
Upper Class
Upper-Middle Class
Middle Class
Lower-Middle Class

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Grammar School
High School
Technical School
Religious Education
Non-traditional Education
Internal Support
Religious Vocation

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Number of Children
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Describe the character's relationship with his or her children, if there are any children.

Marital Status
Separated or Divorced
Never Married
Living with a Partner
Romantic Life

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Home and Personal Life

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Special Talent

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Describe the character's hobbies.


List any friends that the character would consider important.


Describe the character's reputation.


Describe any keepsakes the character has.

Favorite Food
Favorite Color
Favorite Outfit
Favorite Passtime
Favorite Literary Genre
Favorite Items
Favorite Animal
Favorite Musical Genre
Favorite Plant

List things that really annoy the character.

Group Affiliation

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Personality Type
Develop ideas through discussion Ideas come from thinking alone
Energized by action, people, things Energized by ideas, feelings, impressions
Like working in teams Would rather work alone
Outgoing Shy
Where, primarily, do you direct your energy? To the outer world of activity, and spoken words. To the inner world of thoughts and emotions
The terms Introvert and Extrovert (originally spelled brms in the context of psychology, although 'extrovert' is now by far the more common spelling) are referred to as attitudes and show how a person orients and receives their energy. In the extraverted attitude the energy flow is outward, and the preferred focus is on people and things, whereas in the introverted attitude the energy flow is inward, and the preferred focus is on thoughts and ideas.
Are you an Extrovert or an Introvert? Examine your day, your past week, your life. Does it feel more like "you" when you are interacting, communicating, experiencing (Extrovert)? Or are you more of yourself when alone thinking, reflecting, doing a hobby, etc (Introvert)?
Focused on the physical world Focused on the mental or spiritual world
Learn by hands on application Learn by theory
Realism Idealism
How do you prefer to process information? In the form of known facts and familiar terms. In the form of possibilities or new potential.
Those who prefer Sensing Perception favor clear, tangible data and information that fits in well with their direct here-and-now experience. Those who prefer Intuition Perception are drawn to information that is more abstract, conceptual, big-picture, and represents imaginative possibilities for the future.
Sensing and Intuition are the perceiving functions. They indicate how a person prefers to receive data. These are the nonrational functions, as a person does not necessarily have control over receiving data, but only how to process it once they have it. Sensing prefers to receive data primarily from the five senses, and intuition prefers to receive data from the unconscious, or seeing relationships via insights.
Are you a Sensor or an iNtuitive? Is your day mostly spent attending to reality, and understanding the facts (Sensor)? Or do you usually dream, theorize, compose, see symbolism, and walk the inner mind landscape (iNtuitive)?
Those who prefer Thinking Judgment have a natural preference for making decisions in an objective, logical, and analytical manner with an emphasis on tasks and results to be accomplished. Those whose preference is for Feeling Judgment make their decisions in a somewhat global, visceral, harmony and value-oriented way, paying particular attention to the impact of decisions and actions on other people.
Value truth Value harmony
Use logic in making decisions Use personal feelings in making decisions
Notice wrong reasoning Notice when people need support
How do you prefer to make decisions? On the basis of logic and objective considerations. On the basis of personal values.
Thinking and Feeling are the judging functions. They are used to make rational decisions concerning the data they received from their perceiving functions, above. Thinking is characterized as preferring to being logical, analytical and thinking in terms of "true or false". Thinking decisions tend to be based on more objective criteria and facts. Feeling, which refers to subjective criteria and values, strives for harmonious relationships and considers the implications for people. Feeling decisions tend to be based on what seems "more good or less bad" according to values.
Are you a Thinker or a Feeler? Are you objective, impersonal, interested in goals and ideas (Thinker)? Or are you more friendly, personal, interested in others, and are comfortable with deep emotions (Feeler)?
Uses schedules and timetables as a guide Does whatever comes up
Routinized and predictable Spontaneous and unpredictable
Can be too close-minded Can be too open-minded and fickle
Gets things done as soon as possible Procrastinates
How do you prefer to organise your life? In a structured way, making decisions and knowing where you stand. In a flexible way, discovering life as you go along.
Judging and Perceiving tell us which of the two preferred functions, the judging function or the perceiving function, is used in the outer world. Those who prefer Judging use their preferred judging function in the outer world and their preferred perceiving function in the inner world, and those who prefer Perceiving use their preferred perceiving function in the outer world and their preferred judging function in the inner world. Judging prefers making decisions and having closure and perceiving prefers to continue accepting data and to leave their options open, waiting to decide later. (The terminology may be misleading for some - the term "Judging" does not imply "judgmental", and "Perceiving" does not imply "perceptive".)
Are you a Judger or a Perceiver? Are you an organized, work-comes-first, decisive person (Judger)? Or are you an adaptable, spontaneous person who prefers to explore the possibilities (Perceiver)? Please note that Judger does not mean "judgemental", as some people have thought.
Leadership Role
What role is the character likely to take in a social group?
Leader Always takes the leadership role, whether through force of personality or desperate desire to be in control.
Inner Circle The most loyal supporters of the leader who work to keep the leader in power, perhaps "yes-men".
Reluctant Leader Will step in if the group needs a leader, but not interested in power.
Constructive Follower Not active in the decision-making of the organization. Offers feedback and suggestions for improving the group.
Follower Not active in the decision-making of the organization but willingly supporting those decisions made at the top. Might see problems, but not willing to rock the boat.
Blind Follower Not active in the decision-making of the organization but willingly supporting those decisions made at the top. Complete trust in leader.
Outcast Always on the outside, not willing to fit in to the group.
Rebel Constantly complaining about the group, but not willing to leave.
Group Role
The contribution you make to the team is primarily in terms of
Inner WorldOuter World
Experience-basedPotential-based Structure-basedValue-based
Experience-based team roles utilise what is already known, based on proven experience or what can be deduced from that experience, to create their products. Sculptors utilise their experience and knowledge to make changes to the outer world of people, things and situations. When presented with a new situation, they will take action, using tools and techniques that experience tells them will work - if a technique has worked in the past, then they will use it again. Curators utilise their experience and knowledge to clarify information and ideas. When presented with something new, they will relate it to what they already know, and acquire more information (using terms with which they are already familiar) to help clarify their observations. Potential-based team roles constantly seek to develop new possibilities. When presented with a situation, they produce something that has greater potential. Explorers explore this potential in the outer world of people, things and situations. When presented with a situation, even if there is a technique that has worked in the past, then it can be bettered, and they may change it to see if it can yield even better results. Innovators create potential in the inner world of ideas and information. When presented with something new, their interest is in taking new and alternative perspectives; or they generate new ideas that have more potential than the original idea/information that was presented. Structure-based team roles make logical connections and seek to establish what is true or 'correct'. They then introduce structure and organisation based on what they have found to be true or correct. Conductors introduce structure into the outer world of people and things, identifying the correct way to do things and ensuring things happen in an organised fashion. When presented with a new situation, they will determine the correct process that needs to be used to deal with it, and then implement that process. Scientists introduce structure into the inner world of ideas and information, forming explanations of how things work based on what they have found to be true. Scientists seek to understand the full complexity of new situations, analysing them and developing mental models to demonstrate the relationship between cause and effect. Value-based team roles seek to create harmony and assign importance so that things 'feel right'. Coaches seek to build harmony in the outer world of people, things and situations. They try to build harmony, forge agreements and build team spirit. When presented with a new situation, they will try to overcome the conflict that exists and find a consensus amongst those involved, in which everyone feels involved. Crusaders build harmony in the inner world of ideas and information, which means that they ensure important ideas are given due attention. When presented with a new situation, they identify those ideas or information that have the greatest value and stress what is important.
How cooperative is the character in a group setting?
Enthusiastic and Helpful
Willing to lend a hand but not interested in inconvenience
Not helpful but not hindering
Only if something is to be gained
Style of Thinking
Synthesist Idealist Pragmatist Analyst Realist
Synthesists are integrators. They delight in finding relationships in things which, to others, have no apparent connection. In a group discussion, they are likely to champion an opposite point of view, and are therefore valuable in avoiding "group think." Synthesists tend to be highly creative people, very interested in change and highly speculative. To others, they may appear argumentative at times, and their pattern of thought may appear somewhat disjointed. Idealists take a broad, holistic view of things, tending to be future-oriented and to think about goals. They are also interested in social values. We could say that they are "big picture" people. Correspondingly, they tend not to like detail. Pragmatists have a bias for action. They like to get things done and their approach is often flexible and adaptive. The model of the pragmatist is, "whatever works." Unlike idealists, their solutions do not have to be the most elegant. Analysts tend to be logical, structured and prescriptive. They prefer predictability and rationality, and will look for a method, a formula, or procedure to solve a particular problem. Analysts believe there is "one best way" to solve any problem. Realists take an empirical view. Their world consists of what can be felt, smelled, touched, seen, heard, and personally observed or experienced. They are interested in concrete results And, at times, may appear to be too results-oriented. In thinking styles, the realist resembles the analyst. Both are factual and focused on concrete facts, but unlike the analyst, the realist will finally run out of patience and become frustrated with the analyst's endless search for data.
Personality Flaws
Paranoid Schizoid Schizotypical Borderline Personality Disorder Narcissistic
Patients with paranoid personality disorder are characterized by suspiciousness and a belief that others are out to harm or cheat them. They have problems with intimacy and may join cults or groups with paranoid belief systems. Some are litigious, bringing lawsuits against those they believe have wronged them. Although not ordinarily delusional, these patients may develop psychotic symptoms under severe stress. It is estimated that 0.5-2.5% of the general population meet the criteria for paranoid personality disorder. Schizoid patients are perceived by others as "loners" without close family relationships or social contacts. Indeed, they are aloof and really do prefer to be alone. They may appear cold to others because they rarely display strong emotions. They may, however, be successful in occupations that do not require personal interaction. About 2% of the general population has this disorder. It is slightly more common in men than in women. Patients diagnosed as schizotypal are often considered odd or eccentric because they pay little attention to their clothing and sometimes have peculiar speech mannerisms. They are socially isolated and uncomfortable in parties or other social gatherings. In addition, people with schizotypal personality disorder often have oddities of thought, including "magical" beliefs or peculiar ideas (for example, a belief in telepathy) that are outside of their cultural norms. It is thought that 3% of the general population has schizotypal personality disorder. It is slightly more common in males. Schizotypal disorder should not be confused with schizophrenia, although there is some evidence that the disorders are genetically related. Patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are highly unstable, with wide mood swings, a history of intense but stormy relationships, impulsive behavior, and confusion about career goals, personal values, or sexual orientation. These often highly conflictual ideas may correspond to an even deeper confusion about their sense of self (identity). People with BPD frequently cut or burn themselves, or threaten or attempt suicide. Many of these patients have histories of severe childhood abuse or neglect. About 2% of the general population have BPD; 75% of these patients are female. Narcissistic patients are characterized by self-importance, a craving for admiration, and exploitative attitudes toward others. They have unrealistically inflated views of their talents and accomplishments, and may become extremely angry if they are criticized or outshone by others. Narcissists may be professionally successful but rarely have long-lasting intimate relationships. Fewer than 1% of the population has this disorder; about 75% of those diagnosed with it are male.
Obsessive-Compulsive Antisocial Histrionic Avoidant Dependent
Patients diagnosed with this disorder are preoccupied with keeping order, attaining perfection, and maintaining mental and interpersonal control. They may spend a great deal of time adhering to plans, schedules, or rules from which they will not deviate, even at the expense of openness, flexibility, and efficiency. These patients are often unable to relax and may become "workaholics." They may have problems in employment as well as in intimate relationships because they are very "stiff" and formal, and insist on doing everything their way. About 1% of the population has obsessive-compulsive personality disorder; the male/female ratio is about 2:1. Patients with antisocial personality disorder are sometimes referred to as sociopaths or psychopaths. They are characterized by lying, manipulativeness, and a selfish disregard for the rights of others; some may act impulsively. People with antisocial personality disorder are frequently chemically dependent and sexually promiscuous. It is estimated that 3% of males in the general population and 1% of females have antisocial personality disorder. Patients diagnosed with this disorder impress others as overly emotional, overly dramatic, and hungry for attention. They may be flirtatious or seductive as a way of drawing attention to themselves, yet they are emotionally shallow. Histrionic patients often live in a romantic fantasy world and are easily bored with routine. About 2-3% of the population is thought to have this disorder. Although historically, in clinical settings, the disorder has been more associated with women, there may be bias toward diagnosing women with the histrionic personality disorder. Patients with avoidant personality disorder are fearful of rejection and shy away from situations or occupations that might expose their supposed inadequacy. They may reject opportunities to develop close relationships because of their fears of criticism or humiliation. Patients with this personality disorder are often diagnosed with dependent personality disorder as well. Many also fit the criteria for social phobia. Between 0.5-1.0% of the population have avoidant personality disorder. Dependent patients are afraid of being on their own and typically develop submissive or compliant behaviors in order to avoid displeasing people. They are afraid to question authority and often ask others for guidance or direction. Dependent personality disorder is diagnosed more often in women, but it has been suggested that this finding reflects social pressures on women to conform to gender stereotyping or bias on the part of clinicians.
Severity of Personality Flaws
Minor, Not Disruptive
Noticable, Somewhat Disruptive
Severe, Very Disruptive
Mental Health Complaints
Adjustment Disorders Anxiety Disorders Dissociative Disorders Eating Disorders
All of the disorders in this category relate to a significantly more difficult adjustment to a life situation than would normally be expected considering the circumstances. While it is common to need months and perhaps even years to feel normal again after the loss of a long time spouse, for instance, when this adjustment causes significant problems for an abnormal length of time, it may be considered an adjustment disorder. The disorders in this category can present themselves quite differently. The key to diagnosing is to look at (1) the issue that is causing the adjustment disorder and (2) the primary symptoms associated with the disorder.
Anxiety Disorders categorize a large number of disorders where the primary feature is abnormal or inappropriate anxiety. Everybody has experienced anxiety. Think about the last time a loud noise frightened you and remember the feelings inside your body. Chances are you experienced an increased heart rate, tensed muscles, and perhaps an acute sense of focus as you tried to determine the source of the noise. These are all symptoms of anxiety. They are also part of a normal process in our bodies called the 'flight or flight' phenomenon. This means that your body is preparing itself to either fight or protect itself or to flee a dangerous situation. These symptoms become a problem when they occur without any recognizable stimulus or when the stimulus does not warrant such a reaction. In other words, inappropriate anxiety is when a person's heart races, breathing increases, and muscles tense without any reason for them to do so. Once a medical cause is ruled out, an anxiety disorder may be the culprit.
The main symptom cluster for dissociative disorders include a disruption in consciousness, memory, identity, or perception. In other words, one of these areas is not working correctly and causing significant distress within the individual.
Eating disorders are characterized by disturbances in eating behavior. This can mean eating too much, not eating enough, or eating in an extremely unhealthy manner (such as binging or stuffing yourself over and over). Many people argue that simple overeating should be considered a disorder, but at this time it is not in this category.
Inpulse-Control Disorders Mood Disorders Psychotic Disorders Sexual Disorders
Disorders in this category include the failure or extreme difficulty in controlling impulses despite the negative consequences. This includes the failure to stop gambling even if you realize that losing would result in significant negative consequences. This failure to control impulses also refers to the impulse to engage in violent behavior (e.g., road rage), sexual behavior, fire starting, stealing, and self-abusive behaviors.
The disorders in this category include those where the primary symptom is a disturbance in mood. In other words, inappropriate, exaggerated, or limited range of feelings. Everybody gets down sometimes, and everybody experiences a sense of excitement and emotional pleasure. To be diagnosed with a mood disorder, your feelings must be to the extreme. In other words, crying, and/or feeling depressed, suicidal frequently. Or, the opposite extreme, having excessive energy where sleep is not needed for days at a time and during this time the decision making process in significantly hindered.
The major symptom of these disorders is psychosis, or delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs that significantly hinder a person's ability to function. For example, believing that people are trying to hurt you when there is no evidence of this, or believing that you are somebody else, such as Jesus Christ or Cleopatra. Hallucinations are false perceptions. They can be visual (seeing things that aren't there), auditory (hearing), olfactory (smelling), tactile (feeling sensations on your skin that aren't really there, such as the feeling of bugs crawling on you), or taste.
The primary characteristic in this category is the impairment in normal sexual functioning. This can refer to an inability to perform or reach an orgasm, painful sexual intercourse, a strong repulsion of sexual activity, or an exaggerated sexual response cycle or sexual interest. A medical cause must be ruled out prior to making any sexual dysfunction diagnosis and the symptoms must be hindering the person's everyday functioning. Gender Identity Disorder has also been placed in this category, although no outward dysfunction needs to be present for this disorder. Basically, it includes strong feelings of being the wrong gender, or feelings that your outward body is inconsistent with your internal sense of being either male or female. (Note: Gender Identity Disorder is listed here to give a place for these feelings to be presented. This does not represent a belief by the author that this is indeed a disorder.) Paraphilias all have in common distressing and repetitive sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors. These fantasies, urges, or behaviors must occur for a significant period of time and must interfere with either satisfactory sexual relations or everyday functioning if the diagnosis is to be made. There is also a sense of distress within these individuals. In other words, they typically recognize the symptoms as negatively impacting their life but feel as if they are unable to control them.
Sleep Disorders Somatoform Disorders Substance Disorders Childhood Disorders
Primary Sleep disorders are divided into two subcategories: Dyssomnias are those disorders relating to the amount, quality, and timing of sleep. Parasomnias relate to abnormal behavior or physiological events that occur during the process of sleep or sleep-wake transitions. We use the term primary to differentiate these sleep disorders from other sleep disorders that are caused by outside factors, such as another mental disorder, medical disorder, or substance use.
Disorders in this category include those where the symptoms suggest a medical condition but where no medical condition can be found by a physician. In other words, a person with a somatoform disorder might experience significant pain without a medical or biological cause, or they may constantly experience minor aches and pains without any reason for these pains to exist.
The two disorders in this category refer to either the abuse or dependence on a substance. A substance can be anything that is ingested in order to produce a high, alter one's senses, or otherwise affect functioning. The most common substance thought of in this category is alcohol although other drugs, such as cocaine, marijuana, heroin, ecstasy, special-K, and crack, are also included. Probably the most abused substances, caffeine and nicotine, are also included although rarely thought of in this manner by the layman.
Children can suffer from disorders once thought only to affect adults. While most mental disorders can occur in childhood, some disorders are more likely to do so than others, and some, such as autism, always begin in childhood. Among the most common serious mental disorders in children are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, conduct disorder, and autism. From 3 to 6 million children suffer from clinical depression. Everyday, 14 young people commit suicide in the United States. Autism affects 200,000 to 300,000 children. As many as one in ten children and adolescents develop conduct disorder, and one in twenty children are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Memory Disorders Cognitive Disorders Medical Condition Related Mental Disorders Factitious Disorders
Disturbances in registering an impression, in the retention of an acquired impression or in the recall of an impression.
The symptoms of cognitive disorders may vary from day to day. They can include "spaciness," memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, word mix-ups when speaking or writing, and clumsiness.
Mental disorders due to a general medical condition
People with factitious disorders feign, exaggerate, or actually self-induce illnesses. Their aim? To assume the status of "patient," and thereby to win attention, nurturance, and lenience that they feel unable to obtain in any other way. Unlike individuals who "malinger," people with factitious disorders are not primarily seeking external gains such as disability payments or narcotic drugs--though they may receive them nonetheless.
Severity of Mental Health Complaints
Minor, Not Disruptive
Noticable, Somewhat Disruptive
Severe, Very Disruptive

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Weaknesses and Shortcomings

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Hopes and Dreams

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At Stake

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Enforce Morality
Personal Freedom
Social Services, Gov't Subsidies
Free Market
Local Power
Central Power

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Moral Code

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How does character deal with his or her personal information?
Open and Honest
Keeps some secrets
Steers conversations away from personal topics
Lies of Omission
Will lie if pressed
Completely dishonest
Mixes truth and falsehood
Reliability of Memory
Very reliable
Right more often than not
Wrong more often than right
Full of blank spots
Full of unreal memories
Emotional Attack

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Sense of Humor
Openly Displayed
Active (Makes Jokes)
Passive (Makes Comments)
Deviation from Type

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