4. Main Character
Mental Sex

Male or Female?

By Melanie Anne Phillips

Every Main Character should have a Mental Sex. Whether your Main Character is a horse, a house, a person, or an alien, the audience will not be able to empathize with it unless that character possesses gender. If you want your Main Character to tend to look for linear solutions to his problems, choose Female Mental Sex. If you want your Main Character to tend to look for holistic solutions to his problems, choose Female Mental Sex.


NOTE: A character's Mental Sex need not match its Gender.


Background:


Much of what we are as individuals is learned behavior. Yet, the basic operating system of the mind is cast biologically before birth as being more sensitive to space or time. We all have a sense of how things are arranged (space) and how things are going (time), but which one filters our thinking determines our Mental Sex as being Logical or Intuitive respectively.


Male Mental Sex describes spatial thinkers who tend to use linear problem solving as their inherent method. They set a specific Goal, determine the steps necessary to achieve that Goal, then embark on the effort to accomplish those steps.


Female Mental Sex describes temporal thinkers who tend to use holistic Problem solving as their inherent method. They get a sense of the way they want things to be, determine how things need to be balanced to bring about those changes, then make adjustments to create that balance.


To be sure, we can go a long way toward counter-balancing those sensitivities, even adopting the other approach by circumstance and/or choice, yet underneath all our experience and training, the tendency to see things more in terms of space or time still remains. In dealing with the psychology of Main Characters, it is essential to understand the foundation upon which their experience rests, for the very mechanism of your story’s structure depends upon it.


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About the program:


This three-hour audio program in mp3 (download and/or play online) explores one of the most crucial aspects of narrative structure that reflects not only in characters, but in each of us as well.


Mental Sex, Characters and You explores the nature and impact of gender-based thinking on stories and on ourselves. You’ll learn about the reasons for fundamental innate differences in the underpinnings of our male and female minds, and how we can benefit from recognizing our inherent mental abilities and compensate for gender-related areas of distraction, unclarity, bias.


You’ll discover the pathways of rationalization and justification that differ between the mental sexes and how to recognize, compensate for, play into, and manipulate each mental sex, no matter which mental sex you are!


This program was recorded live at a once-only presentation by Dramatica co-creators Melanie Anne Phillips and Chris Huntley, based on their theories of narrative structure. Interestingly, the Mental Sex concept emerged when Phillips & Huntley discovered that the underlying mechanism of stories was significantly altered depending upon whether the main character was of a male or female mind. While the same considerations were made by each, the order in which they were explored and the relative significance of the results was functionally different.


In this program, you’ll get a range of insights on story structure, character, real people, society, and even yourself! There is no other explanation of the differences between male and female thinking as fully developed, as precisely defined and organized, and as completely argued, from a rock solid foundation to startling high-level conclusions.


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