Story Analysis

(after Leopold Bellak & Henry Murray)

Describe the Main Hero or Protagonist of the Story:
Age, Sex, Vocation, Abilities, Interests, Traits

Describe the Main Theme of the Story:
Describe the story at the Descriptive, Interpretative, Diagnostic and Symbolic levels.

Describe the Main Needs and Drives of the Hero:
Abasement, Achievement, Affiliation, Aggression, Autonomy, Counteraction, Defendance, Deference, Dominance, Exhibition, Harmavoidance, Infavoidance, Nutrance, Order, Play, Rejection, Sentience, Sex, Succorance, Understanding

Describe the Hero’s Environment or World:
Lack of family support, Danger or Misfortune, Lack or Loss, Retention, Rejection, Rival, Birth of sibling, Aggression, Dominance-Coercion-Prohibition, Nuturance, Succorance, Deference-Praise-Recognition, Affiliation-Friendships, Sex, Deception or Betrayal, Inferiority

Describe Other Characters:
Describe Older, Contemporary and Younger characters

Describe Any Significant Psychological Conflicts:

What is the Nature of Expressed Anxieties:
Physical harm and/or punishment, Disapproval, Lack or loss of love, Being deserted, Illness or injury, Deprivation, Being devoured, Being overpowered and helpless, Other

What are the Main Defenses Used Against Conflicts and Fears:
Projection, Denial, Introjection, Intellectualization, Reaction formation, Undoing, Isolation, Repression, Sublimation

Adequacy of the Superego as manifested by “punishment” for “crime:”
Appropriate/Inappropriate, Severity/Leniency, Consistency/Inconsistency

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Wesley G. Morgan, Ph.D.
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Last revision: 6 January 2006