Category Archives: Joshua Hoyt

Circles of Influence

Circles of Influence by Joshua Hoyt In my role as a school counselor, when I work with people, I try to help them understand the things that are in their control and those that are outside their control. I start … Continue reading

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Societal Norms: How They Affect Our Characters

Societal Norms: How They Affect Our Characters by Joshua Hoyt Prior to the ‘70s, it was believed that people were either male or female, black and white. Masculinity and femininity were polar opposite sides of a continuum. This meant that … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Overcrowding

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Overcrowding by Joshua Hoyt “The behavioral sink hole” is a term coined by American ethologist John B. Calhoun, after conducting a study on the overcrowding of rats. In his experiment, he studied how crowding affected the … Continue reading

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The Tug of War of Systems!

The Tug of War of Systems! by Joshua Hoyt An idea from systems theory is that the pull and tug from individuals within the system keep the system in homeostasis. When one person begins to fight the system, another person … Continue reading

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How much control do your characters have over their fate?

How much control do your characters have over their fate? by Joshua Hoyt This subject is kind of interesting to me because it isn’t about what is true but more about what a person/character believes. In a 1966 study conducted … Continue reading

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Zone of Proximal Development

Zone of Proximal Development by Joshua Hoyt In creating well-rounded characters, we need to remember the wind beneath their wings. Our characters need the support of those around them or they will falter and eventually die. Think of your own … Continue reading

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Character Development in Action: How to Get Past Writer’s Block

Character Development in Action: How to Get Past Writer’s Block by Joshua Hoyt Today I had the privilege of presenting to a fourth grade class on character development. I explained a little about character creation; then, as a class, we … Continue reading

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