Psychological Character Design

Every character should be unique and, at the same time, should represent cultural and universal elements.

The articulation between individual, group and cultural levels is a crucial part of the narration of a character.

In order to build a good character, it is important to create them while keeping clearly in mind:

> his/her personality, with all its complexity (including contradictions, limits, barriers, and also psychic defenses)
> the relationships he/she can, could and would have with other characters
> the cultural elements that the character carries with him/her
> the symbolic value that the character could play within the whole narration

All these systems exist inside a context and its links with time.

From these principal systems and their relationships arises the goal that the character wants to achieve.
When creating the narration of a character embodied in an environment and in a story, it is important to know where the constraints are set, inside and between the systems. The constraints of every system influences those in the others. This whole set of connections and functions creates a balance, and the story begins when this set is placed in time interacts with other changing factors.

The story involves the transformation of the initial balance, in the way desired by the author.