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

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

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A unique and indispensable reference guide for writers.

Writers frequently write about mental illness and psychological motivations, but all too often they use terms and concepts that are clich d, outmoded or just plain wrong. Written by a clinical psychologist who is also a professional writer and writing coach, The Writer's Guide to Psychology is an authoritative, accessible, fun, and easy-to-use reference to psychological disorders, diagnosis, treatments, psychotherapists' work and what really makes psychopathic villains tick.

Did you know that serial killers are almost never psychotic? That modern electroshock therapy doesn't cause convulsions? That many psychotherapists think examining your childhood is unimportant--or even irrelevant--to therapy? Those are just a few of the hundreds of myth-busting facts in The Writer's Guide to Psychology. The only reference book on clinical and counseling psychology designed specifically for the needs of writers, The Writer's Guide to Psychology presents specific writing dos and don'ts to avoid the psychobabble clich's and misunderstandings frequently seen in popular writing. The book's extensive sidebars include Q&As from real writers, information on controversial treatments and issues, tips for using realistic psychology to create complex and compelling characters, and Don't Let This Happen to You boxes that humorously expose mortifying mistakes in fiction, film and TV--and teach you how to get it right in your own writing.

Written in an approachable, easy-to-understand style that's perfect for both in-depth study and quick answers to specific questions, The Writer's Guide to Psychology is a unique combination of accurate psychology, myth-busting information and practical guidance that belongs on every writer's reference shelf.

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. She lives in Westerville, Ohio.

ISBN: 9781884995682

ISBN-10: 9781884995682

Publisher: Quill Driver Books

Publication Date: 12/01/2010 - 12:00am

On Sale: 12/01/2010 - 12:00am

Pages: 234

Language: English

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Reference

Writing - General

Psychopathology - General