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I'm looking for a word that could describe a character's personality in the sense that he is someone who (re)lives the past too much and is uncapable of overcoming it and moving on with his life.

Any suggestions?

I appreciate it.

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    Stuck in the past? Obsessed with the past? – user140086 Feb 20 '16 at 10:47
  • Fixated, retrospective, mired, obsessed, timid, regretful, nostalgic – The Nate Feb 20 '16 at 13:47
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    "Haunted" is often used in this sense. – Joe L. Feb 20 '16 at 22:04
  • Hide-bound implies a strict adherence to a way of doing things, so relates. Stuck also can convey a similar meaning in some cases. – The Nate Feb 23 '16 at 21:48
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Consider,

backward-looking

Concerned with the past rather than the present and future FOD

living-in-the-past

live in the past: Fig. to live while dwelling on past memories without participating in the present or planning for the future. You are just living in the past. Join us in the twenty-first century. McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

past-ridden

ridden: adj. dominated, harassed, or obsessed by. Often used in combination: disease-ridden; grief-ridden. American Heritage® Dictionary

stick-in-the-mud

Someone who has old-fashioned ideas or who does not like trying new or exciting things. M-W

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