How a psychologist thinks about your favorite Film & TV characters.
Welcome to Characters On The Couch, my Film & Television site, where I delve into character psychology and character development. If you’re a writer, actor, director, studio development team, or just plain interested in film, I bring you my insights into your favorite contemporary and classic characters. By doing so, my hope is to help you understand their deeper (and deepest) psychological motivations.
When you think about films that are truly iconic, what is it that gives them such limitless staying power? Is it the time of your life when you watched it? Could it be that one or more characters aligned with your own deepest struggles or painful experiences? Is it the costumes or images that seemed unforgettable? Or maybe, it’s simply that it pulled at your heart and caused you to explore emotions in a new, profound, and powerful way?
I say it’s all of it. And, equally, when these meaningful elements are missing, a story becomes, well, forgettable. This is the work that I do. I help artists transform their stories into magic by finding the human thread that ties into our universal experience so you strike the right chord with the audience.
Everything in life ties back to complex emotions and truly, only someone well versed in the language of feelings and psychology can bring your writing to the next level when you’re stuck on a character.
If you know your work is missing something that’s keeping it from taking you to the next step, here’s how I work with my clients.
Creating relatable characters is all about getting the subtext right. When you do, it reaches into the unconscious of your viewers and they feel it. If this happens, every character comes alive because you have the character psychology right!
“Like radio transmitters, one subconscious tunes to another …” (Robert McKee). My Entertainment Consulting can help you reach your goals.
For more than 4o years as a psychoanalyst, I have listened to my patients tell their stories and I find words that speak to what is going on deep inside. This too is the heart of great character development. It’s in the character’s psychology.
Using movies and their characters, I can show you what “makes or breaks” a character’s story so you can apply that to your work.
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