Tag Archives: psychology

Questions 541: More on Autism and the Brain

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Joel says: “Some autistic traits, such as high affective empathy, can characterized as more feminine than masculine. What do you mean by masculine brain?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Simon Baron-Cohen: Autism and the male brain
Writing Believable Others

Questions 330: Writing Depressed Characters

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Scott asks: How do you write characters who *really* don’t want to leave the house?

Resources Mentioned:
Chronicles of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever
The Hobbit
Captain’s Holiday

Feedback: Jurassic Park and Cult Mind Control

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Today Rebecca talks genetic sequencing and Jurassic Park, while Caine offers a new resource for understanding cults and mind control.

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Resources Mentioned:
Jurassic Park
Juan Enriquez
Craig Venter
Combating Cult Mind Control, Steve Hassan

Questions 298: Emotions in Fiction

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Nicole asks:
“How do you write emotions  in your fiction that are different from what you experience?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Article: “Empathy Depends on a Cool Head As Much As A Warm Heart”
Dick Tracy, the 1990 film
I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by Jerold J. Kreisman

Questions 295: Brainwashing

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B. asks: “How long is brainwashing effective, and how can it be maintained?”

Resources:
The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
as well as the 1962 and 2004 film adaptations
The Wrong Way Home: Uncovering the Patterns of Cult Behavior in American Society   Arthur J. Deikman, M.D.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
and the film adaptation
Stephen R. Donaldson’s The Gap Cycle

Questions 293: Mental Health in Fiction

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Nicole asks:
“Does accurate portrayal of mental illness makes an interesting story?”

Resources:
The Life of David Gale
House, MD
Sherlock 

Stephen King’s Misery (the film)
Misery by Stephen King