It doesn’t matter. You Just want your audience to have a personal experience of the problem. How you do that is up to you. If you let the audience fill in the MC role with their own personal experience as opposed to giving to them, you’re engaging in Dramatica’s version of propaganda. Seems like you risk not getting your message across if not done properly. I’m sure there are ways to lead the audience to filling in this role for themselves, but I wouldn’t know any of them. I would suggest maybe giving the reader a hypothetical situation where they actively engage in imagining themselves in the story, but where you’re still guiding them through the process or just giving them a fictional MC to look at.
If you want to use yourself as an MC character, that’s fine. You just need to make sure that when you express this in the essay you’re doing it in such a way that it gives the audience a personal perspective on the problem.
Basically the same answer in that doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you give the audience a perspective to consider that is not the one that the MC of the essay has. A hypothetical situation where the audience imagines themselves in the story can work as long as you give them an alternate perspective to consider in the hypothetical. You can cast yourself as the IC. Only here you won’t be giving the audience a personal view into your stories, but asking them to consider another perspective with your stories. And then, again, you can give them a fictional IC.
Whichever would do the best job of getting your point across. You can pick one relationship, both relationship, or all relationships. You can speak to the relationship between you and the audience or the audience and the people in their lives. Doesn’t matter. (It seems there is a pattern emerging here, haha)
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4.In a story, the MC and IC players typically have an objective role in the OS. But the MC And IC throughlines are about a perspective, not a player. Perspectives are not characters and characters are not perspectives. That said, there is no “MC in the OS” per se. So again, you could cast yourself and audience into an OS role or not. You could speak of a family unit or corporation that does or doesn’t include you audience. You could use names (Gary, Cynthia, you-here meaning the audience) or titles (wife, boss, employee). By speaking of a group in an all-encompassing manner, in a way that includes all within that group, you should be able to create An OS perspective.
5.Then put that in the storyform. If the MC throughline is about a personal perspective on the problem, and the IC throughline is about considering a different perspective on the problem, then the OS is about the type of problem that has you considering change to begin with. An OS in psychology, then, suggests that a problem with how everyone thinks should cause them to take another look at things. An OS Concern of Conceptualizing suggests too much engagement in Conceptualizing, not enough engagement in Conceptualizing, or that there is in some way a problem with our Conceptualizing process. By placing the MC in Universe, you suggest that the audience currently personally views the problem as an external one, as a feature of the universe to be dealt with as opposed to an internal issue. Your IC material, then, should be geared toward influencing the audience to consider that this is an internal issue. By setting the Resolve to Change, your argument will set the MC up to tend toward adapting another perspective, which makes since id you want someone to move from Aware to Self Aware or vice versa.
Problem is setting growth to Stop. If the OS is Psych and Growth is Stop, the MC would have to go in Mind rather than Universe. The earliest method I used to know which one I would get was to look back and forth several times between the OS Domain and the MC Domain. If doing this causes you to shake your head No, it’s like your saying “No, you need to stop”. If it causes you to nod yes, then it’s like saying “yes, you can start doing that”.
7. By looking for the driving motivation. And yes, that was repetitive. It sounds like you want to discuss Aware and Self Aware. Looking at your examples, I might suggest that a lack of Aware (or Self Aware) drives or motivates one to offer compliments that lead to conflict and that one embracing Self Aware (or Aware) will alleviate the conflict.