Are you talking about books that are fiction works that HAVE great character development, or are you thinking more of instructional books on psychology?
There are a great many ways to approach character building. You will want to start with the basics...it will require some reseach on your part. The characters personality type is your starting point. We have a thread that provides you with research resources on that topic: www.visadj.com/index.cgi?board=character&action=display&thread=268 The basic personality type is going to give you the parameters of how to write each character. If you wrote outside that parameter you would be assigning a different personality to the character.
If you would like to read some fictional books that are good windows into the way people think, you may want to read some of the original Sherlock Holmes books, The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde and even some of the Jane Austen novels.
You may look at me funny for suggesting such old books, but the writers from the mid 1800's wrote more with the complexities of the human mind as a focus. The writing is more complex, with a dialect that is antiquated and ornate, so it may be a bit of a task to immerse yourself in the story, but once you do, you will find yourself also immersed into the minds of these characters.
As to secular books...perhaps Knight-hood, Rook, Werewolf or some of our other Scrybes could recommend practical sources for you.
In the mean time I will do some research to see what other resources I can find for youl.
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If you want to get a clue about how the human brain works I would definitely read a Sherlock Holmes book.
I think almost any mystery/detective book could help you look into another person's mind. I think this because you have to actually think about what happened, when something happened, how it happened, who did it, and most importantly why did the person do it.
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Omen: Get in line, I have been working like crazy also. I have two major projects I have to finish and hopefully everything slows down. Haven't had time to log into the board... I actually miss it. It feels good popping my head in to see what's going on.
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The Muse: Survived the hurricane...as did Omen, Redmage and Magister although they dont have internet yet. How did everyone else in the southeast fare?
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g40t90yes: Good Morning. Now I am no political activist, but with is going on in today's activist world, I have a question. Last Sunday Vice President Pence walked out of a Colts Football game because the Players took a knee. I would like to read your View about this
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g40t90yes: Continue. Now The NFL Owners (Jones-Cowboys, Ross-Dolphins) are going to demand their players stand for the Anthem. Again just thinking out loud. Couple of weeks ago Owners (Jones) knelt with players. Now you are pulling back. Why??
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g40t90yes: One more thing. Some people view The NFL Draft and NBA Draft as a modern day or fashionable auction block for black young men. Thoughts!!! Please.
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The Muse: Im sure there are going to be a lot of thoughts on this...why not start a thread on the topic under the "chat" board. It will be easier for everyone to read and comment on it there. This shoutbox is kinda cumbersome to have to scroll through to read stuff.
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The Muse: Where does the time go?
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Omen: I don't know... some say time goes around in circles - for me, its just a dreary long squiggly line, in some places in its a smile, in others... its not.
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