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

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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 writers, this is an easy-to-use resource that includes historical and modern psychological treatments and terms and refutes popularly held misconceptions.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

"Thoughtful, scholarly, comprehensive and a boon to writers aiming for accuracy when depicting the world of abnormal psychology and clinical treatment."  —Jonathan Kellerman, psychologist and author, the best-selling Alex Delaware mystery novels

"A fascinating overview of the major [psychological] disorders. . . . There are literally dozens of ideas for great stories in this guide. This is definitely a book to hold on to for future reference." —

"Every writer who even thinks about creating or explaining a character with a psychological disorder should have a copy on their desk, right next to their dictionary and thesaurus."  —Jilliane Hoffman, former felony prosecutor and author, Last Witness, Plea of Insanity, and Retribution

"Easy-to-access, up-to-date . . . if you are writing about people, you will find great help in this book. A writer's how-to manual written by a professional in psychology who happens to be a terrific writer herself." —

"[Kaufman] entertains as well as informs with her snappy and conversational style. This book should be in every writer's professional library and every clinician's too—whether writers or not!"  —New York Journal of Books

"[Dispels] common mistakes authors make when portraying psychological problems . . . easily accessible bulleted tips and examples of what not to do . . . User-friendly . . . the only book of its kind. Recommended."  —Library Journal Xpress Review

"Offers dos and don'ts for psychology in fiction . . . . Not only helpful for mystery and suspense writers, but also for any fiction writer who needs to develop characters with depth." —Freelance Writer's Report (April 2011)

"One of those rare books that practically every writer would benefit from . . . clear, concise, written in a breezily accessible style. . . . If you're a writer I can't recommend this book highly enough." —

Product Details
ISBN: 9781884995682
ISBN-10: 1884995683
Publisher: Quill Driver Books
Publication Date: December 1st, 2010
Pages: 234
Language: English