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Reel people : finding ourselves in the movies
Gluss, Howard M.
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[Ithaca, N.Y.] : KeyLight, [2000]

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xxviii, 364 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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A hands-on process of creating authentic stories, this book provides creative artists with an exciting analytical tool to help in the process of character creation. Various personality styles depicted in films are examined, as well as why they are celebrated in hundreds of films. Behavioural traits that define a person and recognisable attributes such as speech, profession, dress, and health are analysed in depth. This guide offers a valuable list of films to study to see how others interpret the personality as well as a useful template of questions to ask when developing consistent and convincing character psychologys.

Author Notes

Howard M. Gluss, Ph.D. is currently practicing psychology in Beverly Hills, California. He serves as a consultant for film and television production, profiling both character personality and development. A former student at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco, Dr. Gluss holds in addition to his Doctorate in Psychology, dual degrees in Drama and in Communications Studies

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 17
About the Authorsp. 19
Forwardp. 23
Introductionp. 32
I The Personalitiesp. 46
1 The Histrionic Personalityp. 49
The Arc of a Histrionic Film Characterp. 71
The Histrionic Personality Summaryp. 73
Noteworthy Characteristics of the Histrionic Personalityp. 76
Popular Cliches Associated with Histrionicsp. 77
Similar Personality Types to the Histrionicp. 78
Viewing Suggestions for the Histrionic Personalityp. 79
2 The Antisocial Personalityp. 85
The Arc of an Antisocial Film Characterp. 114
The Antisocial Personality Summaryp. 117
Noteworthy Characteristics of the Antisocial Personalityp. 119
Popular Cliches Associated with the Antisocial Personalityp. 120
Similar Personality Types to the Antisocialp. 121
Viewing Suggestions for the Antisocial Personalityp. 122
3 The Paranoid Personalityp. 133
The Arc of a Paranoid Film Characterp. 151
The Paranoid Personality Summaryp. 153
Noteworthy Characteristics of The Paranoid Personalityp. 155
Popular Cliches Associated with Paranoidsp. 156
Similar Personality Types to the Paranoidp. 157
Viewing Suggestions for the Paranoid Personalityp. 158
4 The Narcissistic Personalityp. 165
The Arc of a Narcissistic Film Characterp. 190
The Narcissistic Personality Summaryp. 193
Noteworthy Characteristics of the Narcissistic Personalityp. 195
Popular Cliches Associated with the Narcissistic Personalityp. 196
Similar Personality Types to the Narcissisticp. 197
Viewing Suggestions for the Narcissistic Personalityp. 198
5 The Borderline Personalityp. 205
The Arc of a Borderline Film Characterp. 222
The Borderline Personality Summaryp. 225
Noteworthy Characteristics of the Borderline Personalityp. 227
Popular Cliches Associated with Borderlinep. 229
Similar Personality Types to the Borderlinep. 230
Viewing Suggestions for the Borderline Personalityp. 231
6 The Obsessive-Compulsive Personalityp. 235
The Arc of an Obsessive-Compulsive Film Characterp. 259
The Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Summaryp. 262
Noteworthy Characteristics of the Obsessive-Compulsive Personalityp. 264
Popular Cliches Associated with the Obsessive-Compulsivep. 265
Similar Personality Types to the Obsessive-Compulsivep. 266
Viewing Suggestions for the Obsessive-Compulsive Personalityp. 267
7 The Schizoid Personalityp. 271
The Arc of a Schizoid Film Characterp. 285
The Schizoid Personality Summaryp. 288
Noteworthy Characteristics of the Schizoid Personalityp. 290
Popular Cliches Associated with Schizoidp. 291
Similar Personality Types to the Schizoidp. 292
Viewing Suggestions for the Schizoid Personalityp. 293
8 The Masochistic Personalityp. 297
The Arc of a Masochistic Film Characterp. 313
The Masochistic Personality Summaryp. 316
Noteworthy Characteristics of the Masochistic Personalityp. 318
Popular Cliches Associated with Masochisticsp. 319
Similar Personality Types to the Masochisticp. 320
Viewing Suggestions for the Masochistic Personalityp. 321
II The Mental Disordersp. 324
Adjustment Disordersp. 325
Anxiety Disordersp. 326
Childhood Disordersp. 328
Cognitive Disordersp. 330
Conversion Disordersp. 331
Somatoform Disordersp. 332
Eating Disordersp. 333
Mood Disordersp. 334
Bipolar Mood Disordersp. 335
Personality Disordersp. 336
Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disordersp. 339
Dissociative Disordersp. 341
Dyssomnia and Parasomnia Disordersp. 342
Sexual Disordersp. 343
Transvestism and Gender Identity Disordersp. 344
Sexual Dysfunction and Sexual Response Disordersp. 345
Substance-Related Disordersp. 346
III The Workplatesp. 348
The Historical Workplatesp. 349
Defining the Basicsp. 350
Defining the Physicalp. 351
Defining the Pastp. 352
Defining the Presentp. 353
Defining Educationp. 354
Defining Workp. 355
Defining Healthp. 356
Defining Speechp. 357
Defining Cognitionp. 358
The Psychological Workplatesp. 359
Defining Personality Typep. 360
Defining Behaviorp. 361
Defining a Sense of Identityp. 362
Defining a Sense of Selfp. 363
Defining Hopes and Dreamsp. 364
Defining Emotionsp. 365
Defining Social Skillsp. 366
Defining Expression of Feelingsp. 367
Defining Assertivenessp. 368
Defining How a Character Problem Solvesp. 369
Defining a Character's Angerp. 370
Defining Mental Healthp. 371
Defining Drugs and Alcoholp. 372
The Relationships Workplatep. 375
Defining a Character in Relationshipsp. 376
Indexp. 379