The Writer's Guide to Psychology: How to Write Accurately About Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior

The Writer's Guide to Psychology: How to Write Accurately About Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior

by Carolyn Kaufman
     
 

An accurate and accessible survey of modern psychological theory and practice, this reference offers professional writers practical advice for incorporating psychological elements into their work. With easy-to-understand explanations and definitions, this book is an invaluable resource for any writer wishing to add realistic details to scenes that depict

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An accurate and accessible survey of modern psychological theory and practice, this reference offers professional writers practical advice for incorporating psychological elements into their work. With easy-to-understand explanations and definitions, this book is an invaluable resource for any writer wishing to add realistic details to scenes that depict psychologists, mental illnesses and disorders, and psychotherapeutic treatments. Designed around the needs of professional fiction and nonfiction writers, this is an easy-to-use resource that includes historical and modern psychological treatments and terms and refutes popularly held misconceptions.

Editorial Reviews

ImperfectClarity.net
A gift to writers everywhere ... a great roadmap for writers, authors and anyone who wants to start factually based research in the field of psychology.
Library Journal
Clinical psychologist and writing coach Kaufman (psychology, Columbus State Community Coll.) aims to assist fiction writers in portraying psychological disorders, clinical treatment, and sociopathic villains with more accuracy. She begins by dispelling some common mistakes authors make when portraying psychological problems. Boxes feature easily accessible bulleted tips and examples of what not to do, with references to well-known books, films, and authors. Realistic portrayals of treatments, differentiations within the profession, and disorders grouped by symptoms are included. Readers will be best served by checking the table of contents for what they are interested in rather than reading the book straight through; cross-references refer to other chapters to help them find what they need.Verdict At times, Kaufman gets a bit too clinical for the average reader, but her language is often user-friendly. Because the guide is directed toward writers with general knowledge rather than experts in the field, it is the only book of its kind. Recommended.—Karen McCoy, Fort Lewis Coll. Lib., Durango, CO
From the Publisher
"A fascinating overview of the major [psychological] disorders. . . . There are literally dozens of ideas for great stories in this guide. This is definitely a book to hold on to for future reference." —www.AKindleInHongKong.blogspot.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781884995682
Publisher:
Linden Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Pages:
234
Sales rank:
452,604
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Roberta Isleib
Fiction writers can get all the help they need with [flat characters, phony fictional shrinks and false diagnoses] in Carolyn Kaufman's excellent reference. (Dr. Roberta Isleib author, Deadly Advice)

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