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Psychology for Screenwriters


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SIGMUND FREUD; The Oedipal Complex; Neurotic Conflict; The Psychosexual Stages; The Ego Defense Mechanisms; Dreamwork; ERIK ERIKSON; Normative Conflict; Identity Crisis and Beyond; CARL JUNG; Archetypes of Character; Archetypes of Plot; JOSEPH CAMPBELL; The Hero with a Thousand Faces; The Heroines Journey; ALFRED ADLER; Inferiority Complex; Sibling Rivalry; Life Styles; ROLLO MAY; Existential Conflict; Archetypes for the Age of Narcissism; Filmography; Bibliography


"This book is a must for any aspiring writer, screenwriter, or film buff, and a handy tome for any filmmaker - irrespective of whether they are making drama, documentary of corporate films - because it will allow you as a writer, producer, or documenter to give your audience compelling reasons for watching and enjoying your work." - Focus magazine Screenwriters, filmmakers, psychologists and film enthusiasts alike will find his book engaging and enlightening. Dr. Kendell Thornton, Assistant Professor of Psychology Dowling College, New York This book is destined to become an essential volume for all those who aspire to write a successful script or make a successful movie. Dr. Indicks treatment of complex psychological concepts, character traits and plot lines is clear and direct. Dr. Suzanne Johnson, Professor of Psychology, Author of For Lesbian Parents (Guilford Press, 2001) and The Gay Baby Boom(New York University Press, 2002) An insightful account of how psychological knowledge can elucidate and guide any filmmaking experience. Unquestionably, it is must read material for screenwriters and anyone interested in understanding the intricacies of storytelling in the motion picture industry. Dr. Maura Pilotti, Assistant Professor of Psychology Dowling College I found the book extremely well written and readable and more importantly easy to understand even without a Ph. D. in psychology. It is a hands-on study of character traits and how they define people and their enacting with the social world around them. Great stuff. Guido Henkel, DVD Review Indicks love of cinema comes through and the information is structured for a thought-provoking read. Psychology for Screenwriters can provide a better understanding of the human condition and a richer appreciation for the characters and stories of the films that have been universally accepted by audiences and/or judged to be great. Indie Slate Magazine, 2005

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