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psychosomatic
referring to a physical disorder caused by emotional stress
narcissism
abnormal self-love
oedipus complex
sexual attraction to the parents of the opposite sex and hostility to the other parents
psychosis
a mental disorder such as paranoia or schizophrenia, disorganization of the personality
paranoia
delusions of persecution and grandeur
schizophrenia
split personality, retreat from reality, emotional deterioration
trauma
emotional shock with a lasting effect
voyeur
a peeping tom, watches sexual objects and acts and is gratified
sibling
brother or sister
rationalization
justifying of unreasonable behavior by presenting false but plausible reasons to oneself or others
regression
going back to earlier, less mature behavior to escape a conflict.
novel
a long fictitous story involving characters, scenes, and action. Pamela (Richardson Eng) and The Power of Sympathy (Brown America)
novelette
a short novel, novella, Old Man and the Sea
plot
the central plan of action in a story or play
coincidence
the remarkable occurrence of certain events at the same time, apparently by chance.
suspense
uncertainty as to the outcome, anxiety caused by a tense situation
flashback
interruption in a story or play to present action which occurred earlier.
anachronism
something happening or present in the wrong time period
setting
environment in which a story takes place
local color
picturesque details or customs, dialect, scenery that bring out the setting of a story.
point of view
writer's way of telling the story...participant or observer
characterization
the portrayal of people, physical and spiritual traits, flat, three dimensional
motivation
what causes a character to do something
protagonist
main character of a drama or fictional work
anti-hero
a protagonist who lacks the noble spirit or admirable life purposes found in a heroic figure.
stream of consciousness
thoughts and feelings of a character presented as an unceasing, disjointed sequence.
irony of fate
the way destiny twists or foils the plans of men
epistolary novel
a novel written in the form of a series of letters
picaresque novel
has a vagabond hero who goes from one adventure to another
gothic novel
horror tale often involving a haunted castle, crimes etc.
victorian novel
a novel written during the reign of Queen Victoria, reflects the "decent" tastes of the time period
science fiction
fantasies about time machines, space travel, and future marvels, technical details
whodunit
a murder story dealing with the detection of the criminal, a detective story.
allegory
a symbolic story in whcih the actions and characters have a secondary set of meanings, telling of parallel stories
sentimentalism
excessive emotionalism
realism
presentation of everyday life, as it is, in accurate detail
satire
wit, irony, sarcasm used to ridicule abuses and follies.
social criticism
exposure of faults in various aspects of society
alienation
separation from others and from participation
existentialism
a view of life which maintains that man is alone in a purposeless universe and that he must exercise his own free will to oppose a hostile environment.
naturalism
an extension of realism tending to stress sordidness and sexuality to portray man as a soulless animal shaped by environment and heredity.
ambivalence
conflicting feelings toward a thing
aptitude
natural ability to acquire a skill or knowledge
claustrophobia
fear of small or enclosed spaces
compensation
make up for an undesirable trait by exaggerating an approved one
dipsomania
craving for alcohol
kleptomania
tendency to steal
ego
conscious part of personality, logical thinking
id
primitive instinct
superego
conscious control of id, ego, morals standards
extrasenory perception
gain knowledge without senses, mentally
free association
talk and repressions are discovered
psychoanalysis
dream analysis and free association, info released from unconscious
hallucination
sights and sounds don't exist are witnessed
hypochondria
fear of illness or injury, imaginary ailments