The Writer's Guide to Psychology: How to Write Accurately about Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior (2020)

The Writer s Guide to Psychology How to Write Accurately about Psychological Disorders Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior 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
  • Title: The Writer's Guide to Psychology: How to Write Accurately about Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior
  • Author: Carolyn Kaufman
  • ISBN: 9781884995682
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.
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    1. I sat down with this last week and went over several sections in order to make sure I d conveyed a specific condition well in my WIP It s eminently readable and a good overview for writers Highly recommended

    2. Good, briefly presented info, though I m sure after 7 years some of it probably about medication, especially is out of date It wasn t as much in depth examination into mental illness as I was hoping a lot of the book was instead taken up with discussion about therapy therapists, which I didn t expect though I probably should have It s a good jumping off point for writers, but I actually think this is a good reference for anyone looking to have a accurate and nuanced view of people with the wel [...]

    3. Because authors tend to write about seriously flawed people, we often delve into the realm of psychology, intentionally or not Stories in a wide array of genres feature psychologists, psychiatrists, psychopaths, schizophrenics, and any number of other characters that fall within the pale of modern psychology Unfortunately, however, modern authors are too often guilty of taking their understanding of psychology at face value and running away with common misconceptions without a second thought How [...]

    4. This was an okay read for me, somewhere between 2 and 2.5.A warning first, this is a very US centric book Quite a few of the statements do not fit countries with national health insurance systems Contrary to Ms Kaufman s statement it is e.g very easy to get committed to closed psychiatric wards in such countries, and it is very hard or often even impossible to get out again, especially if you ve no family or friends able to act on your behalf.That said, it is a solid reference book for basic inf [...]

    5. I think this is a really good, if brief, education about mental illness, personality disorders, therapy and psychiatry for the writer s eyes The references to the screw ups in real books and movies were an excellent feature I would recommend this to any writer who felt they needed to know about this topic However, I did think it was repetitive at times, and it also focused only on what COMPETENT therapists would do I ve encountered incompetent clinicians in my time who did exactly the opposite [...]

    6. If you are a writer, this book is a must I was thrilled to preview this book and found it useful and relevant to my career as a novelist Well written and concise, I recommend it to anyone wanting to accurately portray a character with psychological disorders.

    7. The premise behind The Writer s Guide to Psychology by Carolyn Kaufman is brilliant This book is perfect for anyone who s writing a novel In chapter two Why People Do What They Do , Carolyn discusses the different therapist stereotypes portrayed in films and novels She then goes into the five different therapy orientations e.g psychodynamic therapy and describes how each would be used to help a client overcome whatever issues he s dealing with But she takes it one step further by explaining how [...]

    8. Sometimes it seems everywhere you turn, the entertainment and book industry throws mentally disturbed characters at us Dennis Lahane s Shutter Island, both the book and the movie, are good examples of this the federal agent visits a mental institution in the 1950 s to assist in the search for an escaped patient Great story the book AND the movie were definitely done right, entertainment wise But what about factually As a writer, I want to ensure that my works are as accurate as possible Accuracy [...]

    9. This book is an excellent reference for writers wanting to accurately portray characters who either have a mental condition or come into contact with people who do.The book cuts through cliches, gives examples of wrong and right portrayal of mental health professionals, lists their education, explains the difference between a phychologist and a psychiatrist, between bipolar disorder and depression and schizofrenia, and much, much .

    10. The Writer s Guide to Psychology explains psychology and the clinical practice of psychology in clear, easy to understand chapters While it s intended for writers, I think anyone wondering about the basics will find this book helpful It gives examples of how the subject is treated in film and fiction, and shows how it was done right or wrong Highly recommended

    11. I decided to get this book out of curiosity and the fact that I was interested in crafting a character battling a psychological disorder It was my first time creating such a character and I wanted the portrayal to be as accurate as possible.The book is divided into three distinct and prominent sections therapists therapy, the disorders, and medications I have noted several reviewers stating the insignificance of the detailed explanation behind the responsibilities of a therapist, but in all hone [...]

    12. This book gives a mostly accurate yet simplistic view of psychotherapy If it is used appropriately by writers in their writing, it s probably fine My concern would be if readers think they actually know than they really can know from reading this book.

    13. Super reference book for writers who want to ensure the behaviour of a character with a psychiatric disorder remains true to form and consistent The author has also write fiction and it shows in this extremely useful guide.

    14. Because I am a writer, I found this book by Dr Carolyn Kaufman is be an invaluable addition to one s reference shelf near one s computers My reference shelves are above my computer work space and near my shoulder on the left wall Also because I am a writer and spend time composing text than in reading, it has taken me a long while to complete her book This, however, is no reflection on her work as she has a smooth and easy style The only aspect that may bog down the reader, but in a good way, i [...]

    15. The Writer s Guide to Psychology is on a mission Its title tells it all Its goal is to provide writers with guidance to avoid making amateur mistakes when writing about psychopaths, serial killers and any number of mentally ill characters that flourish from a writer s imagination This knowledge is not just for the fiction writer, but also for those writing nonfiction.The Guide delineates psychological disorders and their treatments both medical and psychotherapeutic in a comprehensive way It s s [...]

    16. Very helpful and accessible source for writers Kaufman is fairly thorough and exposes a lot of popular myths and misconceptions about psychology, as well as pointing out movies that failed to portray the profession or certain disorders accurately.Kaufman spent a couple chapters describing the profession from a practitioners perspective, which would be useful if you had a character that was a psychotherapist, psychiatrist, etc This wasn t really what I was interested in and it isn t really convey [...]

    17. Once I started reading this book, I couldn t put it down I had a feeling it was going to be good, but it was much better than I thought In this book, Carolyn Kaufman wrote about psychological disorders in such an easy way that all readers would easily understand I liked the way she explained about similar mental illnesses and how to tell the difference Not only is this book a great resource for writers, but also for families with psychological disorders, and for anyone wanting to understand why [...]

    18. I found this book to be a good resource, provided that you were using it as a starting point for further research I ve taken a college level intro psych class and the content that was covered in the book with regards to actual conditions felt like an overview or refresher course on what I had covered the particulars about history, treatments, and job descriptions were new to me and summed up quite well The book was accessible and easy to read, never getting bogged down with jargon.Like I said, t [...]

    19. There was a lot, on how to portray those in the psychiatric profession in a believable manner There was a lot about medications and what would realistically be prescribed to what patient Clearly the author has read many books that hit her pet peave buttons on these topics If your characters are in this profession you likely would find this part very useful.I would have liked on a wider range of human behavior from normal to extreme pathology, and how to realistically portray the subtle sides o [...]

    20. Very informative, it gives applications of different things to help enrich writing and make it realistic, including how to write therapist characters, and also showcases when things have gone wrong in popular media such as in books or movies to avoid stereotype and debunk popular myths I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to add psychology in their writing and do it correctly There is also a list of references for further reading for anyone who wishes to research things fur [...]

    21. A decent reference to have on your desk, though a decent Google might reveal similar info for the lay person If you ve had any interaction with the world of mental health either as a client or the caretaker of a patient client, about half the book is redundant If you ve, say, been to therapy a few times and never seen a psychiatrist, it will clear up alot of assumptions and myths If you want to write about the really disturbed true villans, etc I think the book is helpful If you want to write a [...]

    22. 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 With easy to understand explanations and definitions, this book is an invaluable resource for any writer wishing to add realistic details to scenes that depict psychologists, mental illnesses and disorders, and psychotherapeutic treatments Designed around the needs of professional fiction and nonfiction [...]

    23. What a great book It s not an in depth guide to psychology for sure, but it s a highly readable overview for writers or even other people who are just curious It s the perfect starting point if you want to represent anything related to psychology in your work as it gives you the language you need to portray things realistically The book probably provides enough information for you to have secondary characters with various psychologically interesting conditions, but you would likely need to do r [...]

    24. This is a wonderful resource for writers and for anyone else interested in psychology, particularly in the various disorders and treatments Chapters tell how therapists are trained and how they work, describe the various problems people have and how they are treated and open the doors to what happens in a psych ward Kaufman writes clearly and smoothly and addresses the needs of writers She also includes numerous examples of books and movies where they got the psych details wrong and shows how we [...]

    25. Good book with a lot of information, but it seemed extremely based on mental illness and therapy not on general psychological concepts useful to writers Of course, the title of the book should have suggested this to me, but it still wasn t exactly what I had been expecting especially because I was interested in historical information, and the book provides very little information other than what s current.So all in all a good and useful book, but not what I was looking for.

    26. I enjoyed this book It s an excellent reference if you want to get the psychological issues in your story accurate I personally feel the author is a little too pro drug and pro electroshock therapy for my tastes, but I acknowledge that a sometimes they are necessary, and b this is perhaps a personal taste thing That issue aside, I recommend it for any writer who wants to delve into the demented, or just give their characters flavor.

    27. This is an approachable and thorough guide to writing accurate character depictions in psychology The book is enjoyable to read and the Don t let this happen to you sections were particularly helpful to illustrate inaccurate psychology cliches This is a great guide for any writer in any genre Five stars

    28. I ve got to add a disclaimer to this one and say I ve spoken to Dr Kaufman with regard to some of my characters.But this is an excellent addition to speaking to her You ve got everything in here to help you work out your character complexity when it comes to disorders etc.Highly, highly recommended And then some.

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