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Archetypal Gods and Goddesses: A Book Review

  Bolen, Jean Shinoda. Goddesses in Everywoman: A New Psychology of Women. (©. 1984) and Gods in Everyman: A New Psychology of Men’s Lives & Loves. (©. 1989) Harper & Row. About the Author: A Jungian analyst and Clinical Professor … Continue reading

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Character Growth as an Experiential Learning Cycle

Happy New Year Everyone! I’m working on some exciting new articles for this coming year, but today, here’s a reprint of a popular article I wrote a few years ago: Opening Scene: Will: “… In my opinion all men are … Continue reading

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Characterization: Part 4: Self-Concept

  “If self is all I ever thought of, I’d be where he was—gone.”                                                 Tom Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie     A writer presents a story through a protagonist’s perceptual filter—a point-of-view. A deeper understanding of that character’s … Continue reading

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Characterization: Part 3:The Looking Glass Self

  In my last post, Part 2: Core Beliefs, I stated that a writer’s job was to create a story situation that challenged a character’s core belief. This core belief is founded on a past experience—the back story an author … Continue reading

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Characterization: Part 2: Core Beliefs

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story   In my last post, Part 1:Perception, I discussed the perceptual process whereby characters receive, organize and interpret sensory information to create meaning in … Continue reading

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Characterization: Part 1: Perception

  Like real people, characters within the pages of a story should perceive the world around them in ways that are unique from each other.   In Psychology, perception includes both the sensory experience of the surrounding environment and the … Continue reading

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MBTI: The Insider’s Guide to Personality Profiling

          Greta Garbo: “I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only           said, ‘I want to be left alone.’ There is all the           difference.”             Clark Gable: “I can’t emote worth a damn.” (Halliwell)             … Continue reading

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A Word About Fairy Tales

  Please join me over at Leah Braemel’s blog today where I’m discussing: Fairy Tales and Romance.   And Happy Birthday to Leah—thanks for letting me join in the celebrations over at “your place.” J

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