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From serial killers to business tycoons to politicians, The Writer's Guide to Character Traits profiles the mental, emotional, and physical qualities of dozens of different personality types. With this book's highly accessible format, writers can mix and match the traits of specific personality types to create original, complex characters.Unique personality styles and types are profiled, including psychopaths, cult members, overachievers, addicts, amnesia victims, social climbers, career criminals and philanthropists. In addition, this guide includes sections on the personality types of children, physical disorders that influence personality, and outlines of typical and atypical human development. Dr. Linda Edelstein has been a practicing psychologist for nearly 20 years and is also an associate professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is the author of two books on psychology and has written and presented more than 40 papers at national and regional conferences. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781582972466
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Real People and Believable Characters 7
Cohesiveness and Consistency 7
Empathy 11
Believable Characters 11
Diversity 12
Stereotypes and Cliches 13
Chapter 2 Adult Styles 14
Adventurer Style 15
Bossy Style 17
Conventional Style 19
Conformist Style 20
Creator Style 21
Dependent Style 22
Eccentric Style 24
Extrovert Style 25
Fall Guy Style 26
Fearful Style 27
Flamboyant Style 28
Hyper Style 29
Loner Style 30
Man's Man Style 32
Passive-Aggressive Style 33
Personable Style 34
Problem Solver Style 36
Resilient Style 37
Show-Off Style 38
Ultra-Femme Style 39
Victim Style 40
Chapter 3 Child and Adolescent Types 43
Child Development 44
The First Year 45
Toddlerhood 47
Childhood 49
Middle Childhood 53
Adolescent Development 58
Early Adolescence 58
Middle Adolescence 65
Early Adult Transition 66
Chapter 4 Psychological Disorders 68
Problems in Child Development 68
Early Influences Shape Personality 69
Mild Disorders of Childhood 69
Moderate and Severe Childhood Difficulties 74
Problems in Adolescent Development 81
Problems in Adult Development 83
Severe Disorders of Adulthood 98
Chapter 5 Criminal Styles 108
Nondeadly, Nonsexual Criminals 108
Sexual Criminals 123
Murderers 131
Chapter 6 Sexual Styles 140
Traits of Normal Sexuality 140
Types of Adult Sexual Orientation 141
Traits of Sexual Problems 142
Genetic Sexual Types 150
Traits of Religious Attitudes Toward Sex 151
Traits of Sexual Excitement 153
Chapter 7 Love and Marriage 154
Falling in Love 154
Choosing a Partner 155
Rituals, the Engagement, and the Wedding 163
Marriage 165
Parenting 167
Problems in Love and Marriage 169
Separation and Divorce 176
Chapter 8 Turn of Events 187
Birth Order 188
Friendship Throughout Life 192
Crises of Adolescence 193
Transitions 196
Young Adulthood 197
Constructing a Family 199
Aging 207
Chapter 9 Physical Disorders 216
Remembering and Forgetting 216
Pseudophysical Disorders 223
Sleep Problems 228
Substance Abuse 229
Eating Disorders 235
Communication Disorders 238
Sexually Transmitted Diseases 239
Sexual Dysfunction 242
Alternative Healing Practices 245
Occult Practices and Mystics 246
Chapter 10 Career Traits 248
Career Choice 248
Career Problems 249
Traits of People in Forty-Six Careers 251
Chapter 11 Group Influences 269
Family Types 270
Group Development 272
Traits of Leaders and Members in Groups 277
Roles of Group Members 279
Traits of Specific Groups 281
Chapter 12 Nonverbal and Verbal Communication 290
Nonverbal Traits 290
Faces 291
Body Actions 294
Dress 298
Names 300
Verbal Communication 301
Chapter 13 The Big Index 303
Styles, Adult Normal 303
Styles, Adult Problems 304
Styles and Symptoms, Child Problems 304
Traits (Emotions, Personality Characteristics, Behaviors, and Attitudes) 304
Careers 314
Physical Disorders and Symptoms 315
Criminals 317
Bibliography 318
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    A great writing resource

    I have been struggling with building cohesive believable characters and often found that conflicting traits in one person. This book lays out the personality types, character traits and how they are displayed, plus the psychology behind those traits. You learn how a childhood event will present itself in an adult via their actions, words, and how they interact with others. it's easy to follow and give great ideas for giving your character's substance and allowing them to change and grow in a believable way. Our behavior dictates so much of who we are inside and the author unlocks some of the mysteries and reasons behind those behaviors.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2006

    Human Behaviors mapped out

    This is the book I have been looking for! It includes profiles of human behaviors that will help me with my novel and make my characters more believable. What a jewel of a book! A must-have for both new and established writers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Fantastic for creating in depth and real characters that people

    Fantastic for creating in depth and real characters that people can relate to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    A must have for the serious Thriller writer

    As a Thriller writer I am always in search of accurate and usefull research information, that is available at anywhere, and at anytime! This book on character traits is a must have!

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    Buy a copy

    Great book. Information that can assist any writer create a character easily. Indepth explanations of every kind of person there is out there...
    New and seasoned writers should have this as part of their writing library.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Important to Think About

    This was a very informative book on the psychology of characters. A topic that some writers could use more use of. Even the wildest fictions needs some grounds in the non-fiction world. Usually, the obvious place for this is in the characters. We relate to characters based on our own social experiences in life. This book explains those various types that we have all encountered in one fashion or another, and maybe then some.
    Writers who have a better understanding of these traits can have more relatable characters that make more scence to their readers.

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