Okay, I asked this question (kind of) before and @jhull answered and I thought I understood, but I guess I still don't, so I'll cut to the chase:
Not sure if it's just my storyforms, but it seems like the Crucial Element (that you see in the OS characteristics) is always flipped from where it intuitively should be.
So I have a Steadfast/Stop MC whose symptom is Theory and his response is Hunch. So in my story, I have him unsettled by the dire theories of a professor; he responds to this and moves forward by trusting his gut.
So far so good.
But the OS character window assigns him to the "Theory" characteristic and the IC to "Hunch". This would seem to mean that the IC (a young woman) challenges the MC's approach of "Theory" with "Hunch" -- which is the opposite of the MC throughline. If he sees the Symptom as Theory, how can Theory be his approach? It would seem that his approach would be Hunch. Right?
Sifting through past posts and Narrative First articles, I know the answer has something to do with the misapplication of one of these elements in relation to the story goal, but I am still having trouble wrapping my head around it. Can anyone point me to an example that clarifies this?