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by Linda Edelstein

eBook The Writer's Guide to Character Traits: Includes Profiles of Human Behaviors and Personality Types (Writer's Market Library) epub
  • ISBN: 0898799015
  • Author: Linda Edelstein
  • Genre: Reference
  • Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Writers Digest Books; First Edition edition (October 15, 1999)
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • ePUB size: 1463 kb
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The traits of people who commit suicide? Edelstein has included more than 400 lists: of traits associated with child . The book offers straight forward profiles of various personality types.

The book offers straight forward profiles of various personality types. It covers normal personality types, abnormal types, types connected with various occupations, etc.

About halfway through Writer's Guide to Character Traits, I was getting rather skeptical about how to use this mass .

About halfway through Writer's Guide to Character Traits, I was getting rather skeptical about how to use this mass of information. I thought I'd have to be flipping back and forth hunting for how to pull the bits in the various chapters together to create my character, but then I got to chapter 14 and my prayers were answered

Items related to The Writer's Guide to Character Traits: Includes. Dr. Linda Edelstein has been a practicing psychologist for more than 15 years and is also an associate professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Items related to The Writer's Guide to Character Traits: Includes. Linda Edelstein The Writer's Guide to Character Traits: Includes Profiles of Human Behaviors and Personality Types (Writer's Market Library). ISBN 13: 9780898799019. She is the author of two books on psychology and has written and presented more than 40 papers at national and regional conferences. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Includes a deck of cards. Essentials of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment by Naomi L. Quenk (2009) Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely accepted personality assessment tool. Extrapolated from Jung's characterizations, it distinguishes between introversion and extraversion, sensation and intuition, thinking and feeling. The Writer's Guide to Character Traits: Includes Profiles of Human Behaviors and Personality Types by Linda Edelstein (2004) Profiles of addicts, amnesia victims, philanthropists, and psychopaths, among others.

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Written by Dr. Linda Edelstein, a practicing psychologist who is an authority in her field, it includes:Over 400 . With over 40,000 copies sold, The Writer's Guide to Character Traits is a classic reference for writers who want to create realistic and distinct characters

Written by Dr. With over 40,000 copies sold, The Writer's Guide to Character Traits is a classic reference for writers who want to create realistic and distinct characters. Written by Dr. Linda Edelstein, a practicing psychologist who is an authority in her field, it includes: Over 400 easy-to-reference character listings, detailing typical behaviors and thought processes as well as common reactions to different situations. Sidebars and statistics on a variety of personality types, not previously included.

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The writer's guide to character traits : includes profiles of human behaviors and personality types by Linda N. Edelstein. The writer's guide to character traits : includes profiles of human behaviors and personality types by Linda N. Dewey Decimal Classification Number: 80. /97 21. Personal Name: Edelstein, Linda. Publication, Distribution, et. Cincinnati, Ohio. Writer's Digest Books, (c)1999. Physical Description: 331 p. Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 318-331) and index.

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Provides profiles of dozens of mental, emotional, and physical personality traits and types to help writers create original characters
Comments: (7)
HyderCraft
Many of the negative reviews of this book are so because the expectations of the writer using it are different than the intentions of the author. The information is well researched with citations for all of it from a wide variety of academic sources so that you can go learn more about the specifics if you need to. This is not a book out of which you can just pick a canned character and give her a name and start writing. This is a reference book that can do two things really well.

First it can help you verify that a character is believable from a psychological point of view. The book is not arranged in sets of whole psychological profiles, but instead lists and diagrams of behaviors and traits associated with personalities of various kinds of victims, criminals, careers and so on. You have to cross reference the lists and develop the profile from different parts of the book, and see if your character makes sense. For instance, I am writing my first mystery novel, (a journalism career in the past) and my detective is an eccentric gay male investigative reporter. This character has been robustly developed by having been in several short stories that were heavily workshopped. Of course there is not going to be an entry for "eccentric gay male investigative reporter." The way you use the book is look up "homosexual male," "eccentric," "investigator" and "writer." It is uncanny how close it was, even down to a line about writers drinking more after age 40, but that part said as much about me as it did about the character, and for a split second I took it as a sarcastic personal insult until I remembered I was reading about it in a reference book.

The second thing the book does really well is help break writer's block. Wandering through the book can trigger many "well, I never thought of that" kind of ideas to give dull characters a bit more zest.

The one problem I have is the way the index is constructed, in categories that you almost need another index to use. However I can see her reasoning because it is arranged in sort of sub indexes about criminals, careers, personalities by age and gender and so on. I'm sure I'll get used to it like I did the AP Stylebook. I suggest finding yourself a used, previous edition of an introductory psychology textbook as a companion to this book because there isn't any elaboration on any given thing in this one.
INwhite
This book includes a lot of very useful and interesting information. It's all there, everything they say is true: personality summaries, sexual abnormalities, profiles of murderers, etc. If you are the target audience for this book, you will probably benefit from this information. (FYI: I bought it for characters to create in games.)
However, I found it incredibly difficult to actually use this book. Everything is listed in a bullet-like format, so each point is incredibly brief and usually incomplete. You don't get an understanding for these concepts, you get a summary. This makes it difficult to actually put the content to good use.
On to the nit-picky issues:
There are a number of times when the use of headings in the book made it difficult to tell what I was actually reading. I would be in one section, and suddenly I was reading about a completely different topic - the section had changed, but there had not been a heading to indicate the transition. You learn quickly to ignore the formatting of the headings, as it doesn't seem to actually be useful.
There are a number of typographical errors in the book, also, far more than I would expect from a book that actually gets published. However, it isn't an extremely expensive book, so this isn't a major complaint. If this kind of thing bothers you, keep it in mind.
Jack
It's very important you understand what the function of this book is. This is not a book written to advise you on how to write characters. This is a book to help you create extra depth to your characters. That may sound like a contridiction, but I assure you it's not.

The book offers straight forward profiles of various personality types. It covers normal personality types, abnormal types, types connected with various occupations, etc. These profiles are presented in an easy to read and understand manner.

Use this book to create personality profiles for your characters. The book won't show you how to bring those traits out. It won't show you how to develop characters or add subtext or any of those things. What it does is give you a foundation on which to build your characters. It helps you keep your characters real and plausable.

It's excellent within its intended function. I highly recommend it. Just don't think that it's a cure all for character issues.

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UPDATE (5/30/2013): I want to mention that my original review is of the first edition. I also have the second edition and do not like it nearly as much. The organization is different in the second edition. The first edition seemed a lot more intuitive and the information was laid out better. I am not saying the second edition is bad, I just don't like it as much. My rating is for the first edition, for the second edition it would be three stars.

I actually would recommend anyone interested in this book try to get one of the used copies of the first edition.
Simple
I love this book.
Enalonasa
perfect
Levaq
2nd time I've bought this; love it so much gave away 1st copy to a friend. Nifty book.
xander
I got it used and it warned me that there could of been a little damage to it. But it is in absolute perfect condition.
I bought the Kindle Edition of this book, only to discover that the last chapter is missing. Chapter 14. Very disgruntled. Don't buy the Kindle Edition if you're looking for the entire book.
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