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.
About the Author
Carolyn Kaufman, PsyD, is a professor at Columbus State Community College. She is a full member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the APA's Media Psychology division.
"Explaining how to make psychopathic characters work, "The Writer's Guide to Psychology" is highly useful and highly recommended resource." --Midwest Book Review Internet Bookwatch "[Dispels] common mistakes authors make when portraying psychological problems . . . easily accessible bulleted tips and examples of what not to do . . . User-friendly . . . the only book of its kind. Recommended." --Library Journal Xpress Review "[Kaufman] entertains as well as informs with her snappy and conversational style. This book should be in every writer's professional library and every clinician's too--whether writers or not!" --"New York Journal of Books" "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" "Every writer who even thinks about creating or explaining a character with a psychological disorder should have a copy on their desk, right next to their dictionary and thesaurus." --Jilliane Hoffman, former felony prosecutor and author, " Last Witness", "Plea of Insanity", and "Retribution" "Offers writers specific dos and don'ts for using psychology in fiction and nonfiction." --"Writers' Journal" "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." --ImperfectClarity.net "Especially helpful advice on understanding your fictional characters. . . . "The Writer's Guide to Psychology" is a very readable reference tool to help you bring your characters to consistent and believable life." --www.psychologytoday.com (May 7, 2011) "If you are writing about any mental health issue, I beg you, get this book. It's going to help you succeed." --www.TheStrangestSituation.blogspot.com "Easy-to-access, up-to-date . . . if you are writing about people, you will find great help in this book. A writer's how-to manual written by a professional in psychology who happens to be a terrific writer herself." --www.BellaOnline.com "One of those rare books that practically every writer would benefit from . . . clear, concise, written in a breezily accessible style. . . . If you're a writer I can't recommend this book highly enough." --www.AndrewJackWriting.com "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 ""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 "Thoughtful, scholarly, comprehensive and a boon to writers aiming for accuracy when depicting the world of abnormal psychology and clinical treatment." --Jonathan Kellerman, psychologist and author, the best-selling Alex Delaware mystery novels "Offers dos and don'ts for psychology in fiction . . . . Not only helpful for mystery and suspense writers, but also for any fiction writer who needs to develop characters with depth." --"Freelance Writer's Report "(April 2011) "A fascinating read and a wealth of resource material . . . a book you'll want to read cover to cover and then store within reach of your desk for quick reference." --"AuthorCulture "(March 23, 2011)