In the PDF below, is a new article by me after reading a brilliant short little book on screenwriting called The Inner Game of Screenwriting by Sandy Frank. (Michael Wiese Productions). The book suggests the application of the Enneagram personality type system to screenplays. Unfortunately, Sandy passed away last year so the screenwriting world lost one of its most brilliant minds. Buy the book!
In my article, I suggest a mixture of the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs personalty type systems in creating characters and their emotional arcs., The Enneagram is believed to have been taught orally in secret Sufi brotherhoods in the middle east. It was introduced to Europe by the Russian mystical teacher G.I. Gurdjieff in the 1920s and arrived in the United States in the 1960s. Myers-Briggs is based on the classification developed by Carl Jung.
The article is in the form of an introduction and some charts that let screenwriters see how the systems can be applied to stories. To me, it is amazing that screenwriting has yet to really apply these theories of Gurdjieff and Jung to characters in stories. Posted below in PDF but also added to our Overview Page on our website at http://desertscreenwritersgroup.com/overview/ and the link “Personality Types in Screenplays.”
Much more needs to be done in this area. Attempting to apply the systems to creating characters in our stories is one of the first things to be done.