Category Archives: Narrative Psychology

What is Truth? (The Character’s Dilemma)

By Melanie Anne Phillips Characters reflect real people in a purified or idealized state.  And so, we can see in them qualities and traits that are hard to see within ourselves.  One of the most difficult challenges we face every … Continue reading

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Psychoanalyze Your Story

By Melanie Anne Phillips Does your story suffer from “Multiple Personality Disorder”? In psychology, Multiple Personality Disorder describes a person who has more than one complete personality. Typically, only one of those personalities will be active at any given time. … Continue reading

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Narrative Structure and the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership)

By Melanie Anne Phillips Narrative works in the real world as accurately and efficiently as it does in fiction.  Not surprising since fictional narrative is nothing more than our attempt to refine and understand how people are driven and how they … Continue reading

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The Dramatica Table of Story Elements is a Model of the Mind

The Dramatica Table of Story Elements is really a model of the mind. Twisting and turning it represents the kinds of stress (and experience) we encounter in everyday life. Sometimes things get wound up as tight as they can – … Continue reading

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Narrative Psychology: To Know Oneself

We all have certain fundamental broad-stroke mental traits such as Reason, Initiative, and Skepticism. As individuals, we use the full spectrum of these tools to try and solve our problems. But when we get together in groups, we quickly self-organize … Continue reading

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Narrative Psychology: How memories work – an example

Narrative Psychology: How memories work – an example Something I posted today on my Facebook page: What a magnificent mountain morning. The air is clear, crisp and clean from several days of thunderstorms. Temperature was 40 degrees when we woke … Continue reading

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What if…

A thought exercise for writers: What if you could be genetically altered to be happy in a miserable life? Would you do it? Having had a number of private responses to this post in other venues, I offer the following: … Continue reading

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