Apologies for the lengthy title, I wasn’t sure what to call it. I wanted to share one quote that Dustin Hoffman talked about in his online Masterclass. It immediately lept out at me as a Dramatica-relevant quote about Problem Solving Style in terms of All The President’s Men.
He’s talking about meeting the real-life counterpart of his character, and the differences between the way Bernstein thought and the way Robert Redford’s Woodward thought.
“He was very different from Woodward. The big difference between Woodward and Bernstein was that Woodward was very didactic. He was A-B-C-D, in saying “how far is this gonna go?”. Bernstein was not that. He would get bored. Bernstein was A-B-C-F or A-B-C-G, and he was right. He would make this intuitive jump, and that was part of his personality. And that became something that was an internal thing.”
It goes without saying that getting bored does not necessarily make a Holistic thinker. But I think Dustin recognised that Bernstein was seeing the relationships of things as a whole, making him perfectly able to make those leaps.
He mentioned something else that I thought lined up perfectly with Dramatica but I’ll have to go through my notes to figure out whatever it was.