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Mobilizing Aesthetics in Psychodramatic Group Work - Ben Rivers

Mobilizing Aesthetics in Psychodramatic Group WorkIn this article, the author suggests that aesthetic factors can help to enhance the here-and-now, experiential dimension of psychodramatic group work.  This in turn promises to leave a deeper, multi-sensorial imprint upon the protagonist and other players.  The author also proposes that shared aesthetic experiences can help to deepen therapeutic rapport between participants and the therapist. The article offers examples of aesthetic options and preparatory approaches that can be utilized for mobilizing the full artistic potential of psychodrama.  Vignettes from various dramas, together with participant reflections, are used to illustrate the author’s central thesis.

The prison of your mind

Therapist and self-help author Sean Stephenson received one of the loudest standing ovations of the day after he spoke about making healthy choices. Stephenson, who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta (“brittle bone syndrome”), was given just months to live when he was born.

More than 30 years later, Stephenson’s motivational talks inspire others to live their dreams instead of focusing on their limitations.

Stephenson railed against pity, pointing out that had he chosen to wallow in self-pity, he would probably not be alive today. ‘I choose something else,” he said. ‘I chose to be strong. I choose to be a leader. I choose to have words to move this planet.’

Stephenson shared why he believes he was born, and encouraged the inmates to look inside themselves to find out why they were born, and use that knowledge to change the world.

‘I was born to rid this world of insecurity, because when a human being is insecure, we do stupid stuff … we chase external validation and external objects to try to tell us we are enough. You are enough.’

‘I have a belief that has served me in my life, and that is that everyone is rooting for you to win, even those who do not know it.'”

AANZPA Journal articles directly on sociodrama

AANZPA Journal articles directly on sociodrama - these are a series of sociodrama articles from the AANZPA journal.

TED talk about nothing

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.

In a hilarious talk capping off a day of new ideas at TEDxNewYork, professional funny person Will Stephen shows foolproof presentation skills to make you sound brilliant -- even if you are literally saying nothing. (Full disclosure: This talk is brought to you by two TED staffers, who have watched a LOT of TED Talks.)

The Therapy wars -

Therapy wars: the revenge of Freud

Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch? Maybe not but it is interesting to see how the argument goes.


Moreno in the kingdom of the children

The story of Moreno creating plays with children in the garden's of Vienna is slightly apocryphal so it was with delight I found this article from the Group Psychotherapy Psychodrama and Sociometry journal from 1979. You can read it online or download and read at your leisure.

As a very young man Moreno's. play with children in the gardens of Vienna proved to be a seedbed from which his therapeutic methods developed. He wrote about these story games in Das Koenigreich der Kinder (The Kingdom of the Children) in 1908. It was not without pride that he described how, given the opportunities he provided, one child after another revealed true dramatic talent. Some went on in later life to distinguished careers in the theater.
Of these, perhaps the most talented and most widely acclaimed was the actress Elisabeth Bergner. An ornament to the stage in Max Reinhardt"s theater in Berlin, in London with Charles Cochran, in films with Alexander Korda and her husband Paul Czinner, and on tours around the world, the films she made are considered cinema classics. Among her films was her greatest success, Escape Me Never. Its title could serve to describe her feelings toward Moreno.
Now Elisabeth Bergner has written her autobiography, Bewundert Viel und Viel Gescholten (Much Admired and Much Chided). With grace and felicity she discharges her debt to Moreno. By permission of her publishers-C. Bertelsmann Verlag of Munich-I have translated the following excerpts:

Using Role Theory, and the Social and Cultural Atom paper

This is a series of teaching emails that are sent out automatically when you subscribe. These emails focus on the use of role theory and the writing of social and cultural atom papers.

A video presentation of Bob Siroka and psychodrama

This film was made in 1985, exactly forty years ago, and eleven years after the passing of J. L. Moreno.

It is a 30-minute edited version of a full day workshop.  Bob skillfully directs the session and he offers very clear instructions and insights infused with his distinctive sense of humor. Some of us may identify colleagues as younger participants, before they emerged into leadership positions in the psychodrama world. One of them (hint: initials R. M.) is mah-ve-lous in her Brooklyn accent. That, of course, occurred before she relocated to a southern state and then found her way up north in her journey. I'm sure you will enjoy this bit of nostalgia. Jacob Gershoni

Another neat Dan Gilbert talk - the psychology of your future self.

"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.

Empathic Writing by Dr Bob Dick

It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It might also be argued that meaning is in the mind of the reader. For someone writing a university assignment or thesis this is an important truth. Markers and examiners can’t directly assess how much understanding you have. They assess how much understanding you convey.

Empathic writing — writing with the reader in mind — has advantages for writer as well as for reader.