Inner dialectic conflict in characters and narratives

Maria Guilhermina Castro

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Based on Vittorio F. Guidano’s analysis of personal meaning organizations, we propose that each type of psychological structure is underpinned by certain inner dialectic conflict. This psychological approach seems useful as a theoretical guideline to analyze and create characters and narratives. The psychological structure (an obsessive-compulsive one) can be expressed through the main character (and his backstory) as in the movie Kinsey (Condon). It can also be depicted in the narrative, which becomes an arena of projected inner dialectic conflicts on the realm of that same psychological structure (as in David Fincher’s The Game). “But it is the same with man as with the tree. The more he seeketh to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthward, downward, into the dark and deep – into the evil.” (Nietzsche 48). The villain emerges when we glorify ourselves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsyart: analyses of cultural productions
Subtitle of host publicationPapers of the 30th Conference of Psyart – Porto
Place of PublicationPorto
PublisherUniversidade do Porto
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789899874558
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event30th International Conference on Psychology and the Arts Porto - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 26 Jun 201330 Jun 2013


Conference30th International Conference on Psychology and the Arts Porto


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