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Title: Heaven's Sense : a novel ; At hand-grips with ruin : the psychology of writer's block
Author: Macleod, Kenneth
ISNI:       0000 0004 5992 7695
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2016
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There is a significant attitude of scepticism when it comes to belief in the existence of writer's block as a valid psychological phenomenon, alongside what might be described as the "Tortured Artist Personality". It is contended here that both writer's block and the "Tortured Artist Personality" do exist in a minority of professional and aspiring fiction writers, and furthermore that these phenomena are forms of personality behaviour that have already been well-catalogued by the academic fields of psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy: specifically, writer's block is a form of unconscious maladaptive procrastination - expressed through avoidance coping or escape coping behaviour - which in turn arises from the fully-accepted personality trait of perfectionism. Aspects of perfectionism, together with various sub-scale traits and mediators, are also the key components in at least one form of "Tortured Artist Personality". This paper lays out the extensive evidence for these assertions, using existing research in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and neuroscience.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; PR English literature