Psychology for Screenwriters: Building Conflict in Your Script

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Screenwriters must understand human behavior to make their stories come alive. This book clearly describes theories of personality and psychoanalysis with simple guidelines, thought provoking exercises, vivid film images and hundreds of examples from classic movies.

Screenwriters must understand human behavior to make their stories come alive. Why not employ psychology masters Freud, Jung, and Campbell as your writing partners? Psychology for Screenwriters applies the collective wisdom of theses theorists to screenwriting, helping you create psychologically resonant characters and conflict in your script. Learn character motivation, identity development, and archetypes from Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Erik Erikson, Joseph Campbell, and more. The theories of personality and psychoanalysis are clearly described, with simple guidelines, thought-provoking exercises, vivid film images and hundreds of examples from classic movies. Learn the fundamental psychological models and how to apply them to your screenplays to make your characters come to life and learn how to write and reflect real human drama..

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941188876
  • Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 701,629
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Sigmund Freud 1
Ch. 1 The Oedipal complex 3
Ch. 2 Neurotic conflict 15
Ch. 3 The psychosexual stages 29
Ch. 4 The ego defense mechanisms 47
Ch. 5 Dreamwork 67
Pt. 2 Erik Erikson 77
Ch. 6 Normative conflict 79
Ch. 7 Identity crisis and beyond 91
Pt. 3 Carl Jung 111
Ch. 8 Archetypes of character 113
Ch. 9 Archetypes of plot 133
Pt. 4 Joseph Campbell 143
Ch. 10 The hero with a thousand faces 145
Ch. 11 The heroine's journey 165
Pt. 5 Alfred Adler 175
Ch. 12 The inferiority complex 177
Ch. 13 Sibling rivalry 189
Ch. 14 Life styles 197
Pt. 6 Rollo May 207
Ch. 15 Existential conflict 209
Ch. 16 Archetypes for the age of narcissism 219
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    Great for screenwriters AND movie fans alike!

    This is a wonderful book for anyone intereseted in character and story development. The psych theories are clearly explained and the corresponding film examples are great. Also a fun read for any movie fan who considers themselves a student of film.

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