The Behavior Factor


Behavioral Analysts Zeke Farrow and Seymour Englander are experts in defining universal human behaviors and applying those principals to characters in your screenplays.

Their model is based on the DISC behavior system used by many psychologists. The key behaviors examined are:

DOMINANCE – driven by anger and manifests as extroverted and task/ results oriented characters. They are fact based an unemotional. On the high end of the scale they are demanding and egocentric and peaceful and unobstrusive (passive) on the lower end.

INFLUENCE –  driven by trust and optimism and manifests as extroverted and people oriented characters. They communicate indirectly, although expressive with body language. On the high end of the scale they are effusive and inspiring and moody and critical on the lower end.

STEADINESS – driven by security and established rules and manifests as introverted, people oriented characters.  They communicate indirectly, unemotionally and take a long time making decisions. On the high end of the scale they are relaxed and resistant to change and impulsive and tense on the lower end.

COMPLIANCE – driven by fear and seeks information through questioning and manifests as introverted, task oriented characters.  They are conscientious, methodical and systematic. On the high end of the scale they are evasive and worrisome and unbending and careless on the low end.

Using these categories, writers can manipulate these behaviors to create interesting, balanced and believable characters.

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