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Psychology for Actors
Theories and Practices for the Acting Process

ISBN 9780815352266
Published August 15, 2018 by Routledge
218 Pages

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Book Description

Psychology for Actors is a study of modern psychology, specifically designed for the working actor and actor-in-training, that covers discrete areas of psychological theory that actors can apply to their creative process to form and connect with characters. The book investigates many post-Stanislavsky ideas about human psychology from some of the twentieth century’s most brilliant minds – from Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung to Abraham Maslow and Ken Wilber – and offers step-by-step exercises to help actors understand their characters and effectively bring them to life on stage or in front of the camera. Psychology for Actors also offers advice on how to cope with the stresses and strains of a highly competitive field, and provides tools for deeper self-awareness and character exploration.

Table of Contents


Introduction – The Psychology of an Actor

1. A Very Brief History of Psychology in the West

2. Two Freuds – Free Association and the Defense Mechanisms

3. Carl G Jung – Types, Architypes, and Dreams

4. Alfred Adler – Inferiority and the Individual

5. Karen Horney – Psychoanalytic Social Theory

6. Erik Erikson – Lifespan Development

7. Abraham Maslow – Motivation and Humanistic Psychology

8. Ken Wilber – Integral Psychology

9. Personality Testing and Pathology

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Kevin Page is a seasoned professional actor/writer/theorist with a background in psychology, meditation practices, and consciousness research. He is the author of Advanced Consciousness Training for Actors (Routledge, 2018). For more information, please visit