Psychological Problems: PICA, PRESSURED SPEECH, PSYCHOGENIC PAIN DISORDER, and PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGICAL DISORDER

I’m getting close to the end of this section of Marc McCutcheon’s book  Building Believable Characters. Thanks for sticking with me. Today’s psychological problems include PICA, PRESSURED SPEECH, PSYCHOGENIC PAIN DISORDER, and PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGICAL DISORDER. Those are some fun words to type. Now let’s see what they mean and how they can be used to create … Continue reading

Psychological Problems: MISANTHROPY, MISOGYNY, NARCISSISM, and PANIC DISORDER

I’m sifting through Marc McCutcheon’s book  Building Believable Characters for character building goodness. I’m still in the  section called PSYCHOLOGICAL/PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS. Today’s problems include MISANTHROPY, MISOGYNY, NARCISSISM, and PANIC DISORDER. There were a few in the list I skipped, either because they’ve been done so many times they’re stale, or they’re too yucky to talk about. … Continue reading

Psychological Problems: MANIC-DEPRESSIVE, MARTYRDOM, MASOCHISM, MEGALOMANIA

Marc McCutcheon’s book  Building Believable Characters has a section called PSYCHOLOGICAL/PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS that I’m mining for useful stuff. Today’s psychological problems include manic-depressive, martyrdom, masochism, and megalomania. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?   The definition for MANIC-DEPRESSIVE PSYCHOSIS offered by McCutcheon reads like this: “a disease characterized by mood swings, from normal to depressed or from normal … Continue reading

Psychological Problems: Mania

Before Spring Break, I was discussing Marc McCutcheon’s book  Building Believable Characters. (Note: I took two weeks for my break because that’s how I roll.) The book has a section called PSYCHOLOGICAL/PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS, and I’m to the bit that lists mania types. The fun part of the list is the right column, which gives the technical … Continue reading