Category Archives: Narrative Psychology

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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The 15 Cent Happiness Fix

People often shoot themselves in the foot, and so do characters. There’s a narrative reason for it. Happened to me today, but THIS time I dodged my own bullet. Here’s how I stopped following that storyline – something you can … Continue reading

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The “Story Mind” Concept

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Origins of the “Story Mind”

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A Story is an Argument (Annotated)

http://storymindguru.com/dramatica-unplugged/mp4/1-3%20A%20Story%20is%20an%20Argument.mp4 A Story is an Argument In the last lesson we learned how the most simple form of audience manipulation is for an author to tell a tale, such as a fairy tale or cautionary tale in which a statement … Continue reading

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Using Dramatica in Real World Psychological Analysis

Recently, a Dramatica user sent me a series of questions about the potential use of Dramatica in real world psychological analysis. Here’s his questions and my responses: Question: If StoryMind is a model of a human mind trying to resolve … Continue reading

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There is no truth…

Dramatica (narrative) reflects how the mind operates in all its myriad processes. And from it, we can learn much about life, as we can from all structurally sound stories. For example: There is no one “capital T” Truth, but many … Continue reading

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How to Reform the Pattern of Pain

Here’s a little tip from narrative psychology theory you can use in everyday life: When pressure is put upon the heart, the mind, it is like pumping up pressure in any closed vessel – it heats up, in this case … Continue reading

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Dramatica Theory (Annotated) Part 8 “Communicating Through Symbols”

Excerpted from the book, Dramatica: A New Theory of Story How can essential concepts be communicated? Certainly not in their pure, intuitive form directly from mind to mind. (Not yet, anyway!) To communicate a concept, an author must symbolize it, … Continue reading

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