Polar Pens- Polarizing with the PEN Method

As we complete a variety of ways to create interesting characters that can provide depth and conflict, we look at Hans Eysenck’s theory of three dimensions of personality. Eysenck took many of the multiple traits and boiled everything down into a model of three possible dimensions: Extraversion-Introversion Individuals with high levels of extraversion engage more in social activities. They tend to be …

Psychology and Polarizing: The Big Five

For longtime readers of this blog, you’ve probably guessed that creating compelling and challenging characters whose attitudes and personalities not only are different with each other, but clash in interesting ways is a chief focus in my attempts to improve my own writing. As far back as Story Toolkit Podcast’s episode on Out of Gas I’ve been fascinated with polarizing characters. …