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Top 10 Tricks to Make your Villain Stand Out. Welcome back to the column that breaks down gaming into what’s really important, ten things at a time!

Top 10 Tricks to Make your Villain Stand Out

Any story arc needs a good villain. The best big bads are more than just another devil or vampire or dragon. These ten suggestions can help take your villain above and beyond the ordinary and give your players a more memorable game. 1. Means to Power. Why do people follow this villain? 2. The villain should have a single overriding goal that drives all his or her actions. 3. Along with the goal, place concrete steps the villain needs to take to reach the goal. 4. The villain should be making progress if nobody is stopping him or her. 5. Give your villain a weakness the adventurers can figure out and exploit. 6 Ways to Make Sure Your Reader’s Brain Syncs with Your Protagonist’s Brain. Photo by Andres Musta via Flickr Because here’s the thing: it’s not fiction.

6 Ways to Make Sure Your Reader’s Brain Syncs with Your Protagonist’s Brain

It’s fact. Reseach triggers. Can You Learn to Read People? I've been studying nonverbal communication for over 30 years, with a special emphasis on skill in nonverbal communication.

Can You Learn to Read People?

I've seen books and courses that purport to teach you how to read someone's body language "like a book. " Well, sorry to inform you that body language - nonverbal communication - is fantastically complex, and there is no dictionary that you can use to translate (or else Frommer's or Rosetta Stone would be selling them). You can, however, get better at reading ("decoding") nonverbal cues, but it's not all that easy, but here's how.

First, what does the research say? There are some published studies, and a handful of dissertations, that have tried to train people in nonverbal communication, and although some show statistically significant improvement, the changes are underwhelming. Another problem with these studies is the motivation of the trainees. But here's the issue: I had spent hundreds and hundreds of hours watching nonverbal behavior. Schizophrenia Slideshow: How Schizophrenia Affects Thoughts, Behavior, and More. What Is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia Slideshow: How Schizophrenia Affects Thoughts, Behavior, and More

Schizophrenia is a chronic, disabling brain disorder that affects about 1% of Americans. It may cause people to hear voices, see imaginary sights, or believe other people are controlling their thoughts. These sensations can be frightening and often lead to erratic behavior. There is no cure, but treatment can usually control the most serious symptoms. Schizophrenia Symptoms Symptoms of schizophrenia may include: Hallucinations -- hearing or seeing imaginary thingsDelusions -- wildly false beliefsParanoia -- the fear others are plotting against you Some symptoms, such as lack of enjoyment in everyday life and withdrawal from social activities, may mimic depression. How Schizophrenia Affects Thoughts. Detect Lies. Edit Article Detecting Lies in the Face and EyesDetecting Lies in Body Language TicsDetecting Lies in Verbal ResponsesDetecting Lies Through Interrogation Edited by Battlecruser9292, Ben Rubenstein, Kristin, Habitbuster and 168 others Looking at facial expressions to determine whether a person is lying might just save you from being a victim of fraud.

Detect Lies

Or it could help you to know it's safe to trust your heart and get involved with an attractive stranger. Jury analysts use lie detection when helping to select a jury; the police do it during interrogation. Ad Steps Method 1 of 4: Detecting Lies in the Face and Eyes 1Look for micro-expressions. 2Look for nose touching and mouth covering. Method 2 of 4: Detecting Lies in Body Language Tics. Psychology - Complete Guide to Psychology for Students, Educators & Enthusiasts.

Psychology Topics. Critical Thinking Model 1. To Analyze Thinking We Must Identify and Question its Elemental Structures Standard: Clarityunderstandable, the meaning can be grasped Could you elaborate further?

Critical Thinking Model 1

Could you give me an example? Could you illustrate what you mean? Character Psychology: 9 Common Errors — Guest: Kassandra Lamb. If we don’t want to write characters who are too perfect, we have to layer in a few flaws.

Character Psychology: 9 Common Errors — Guest: Kassandra Lamb

The Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi is full of ideas for how to make our characters seem more real with a mix of traits, including weaknesses. That goal of avoiding the too-perfect character means that we might be writing characters who are “broken” in some way. They might be trauma survivors or suffering from depression, etc. While psychological issues can be great for rounding out our characters and creating conflict, we don’t want to get the details wrong. Real people with real psychological disorders might be among our readers, and we don’t want to twist or belittle their struggles. Luckily, I know just who can help us get this right. Please welcome Kassandra Lamb! As a retired psychotherapist, I cringe sometimes when I read inaccurate references to psychological phenomena in fiction.

. #1: Schizophrenia and multiple personalities are not the same disorder. How Your Character's Failures Can Map A Route To Self-Growth - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS™ So, failure.

How Your Character's Failures Can Map A Route To Self-Growth - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS™

Ugh, right? Well, I was feeling like a failure today, like I’d let the team down because an idea of mine went sour. Personality Generator. Psych Central - Trusted mental health, depression, bipolar, ADHD & psychology information.

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