I've been struggling as to how I'm meant to create a lifelike character that isn't a thinly veiled version of myself? I don't think I can know anyone besides myself, and even then, I spend a lot of time meditating, and have gone to a therapist, to try to understand the mechanics of my own Self. So how then do you fellow writers create a character that is believable, and not simply a name with a few associated adjectives? I've tried Googling this, but more often than not I come across articles telling me that I need to know everything about my character, from their worst fears to the food they eat. Am I over-analyzing this, or is that not a somewhat impossible task? I guess what I'm asking is: How do you create believable and unique characters?