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Translated Articles - to be added to and to be redrafted if you have the time

This is a area of putting in translated articles - they are acknowledged as not brilliantly translated but as done with help from Google.

Ridiculous and amazingly truthful organisation videos

These are seriously stupid videos that, unfortunately, some of us are completely able to relate to. They are here for enjoyment and remind us that what may make sense to one may be total nonsense to others.

Invoking the self

Three randomized experiments found that subtle linguistic cues have the power to increase voting and related behavior. The phrasing of survey items was varied to frame voting either as the enactment of a personal identity (e.g., “being a voter”) or as simply a behavior (e.g., “voting”). As predicted, the personal-identity phrasing significantly increased interest in registering to vote (experiment 1) and, in two statewide elections in the United States,
voter turnout as assessed by official state records (experiments 2 and 3). These results provide evidence that people are continually managing their self-concepts, seeking to assume or affirm valued personal identities. The results further demonstrate how this process can be channeled to motivate important socially relevant behavior.

A series of research articles from 2015 - for interest or fun.

This is a series of journal articles that I found listed on Google Scholar for 2015. They are of interest because they are not generally available and are in interesting journals from around the world: some are psychodrama journals but most are not. They are here for enjoyment, perusal, and reading, if you see the need. I have included the titles in the files names so you may get a flavour of each one - and a could of extra words if more are needed.

Ontology, worldviews, and all that!

Where do we come from? Are we merely a cluster of elementary particles in a gigantic world receptacle? And what does it all mean?

In this highly original new book, the philosopher Markus Gabriel challenges our notion of what exists and what it means to exist. He questions the idea that there is a world that encompasses everything like a container life, the universe, and everything else. This all-inclusive being does not exist and cannot exist. For the world itself is not found in the world. And even when we think about the world, the world about which we think is obviously not identical with the world in which we think. For, as we are thinking about the world, this is only a very small event in the world. Besides this, there are still innumerable other objects and events: rain showers, toothaches and the World Cup. Drawing on the recent history of philosophy, Gabriel asserts that the world cannot exist at all, because it is not found in the world. Yet with the exception of the world, everything else exists; even unicorns on the far side of the moon wearing police uniforms.

Revelling in witty thought experiments, word play, and the courage of provocation, Markus Gabriel demonstrates the necessity of a questioning mind and the role that humour can play in coming to terms with the abyss of human existence.

The internal map concretised: an article, two videos and a podcast.

These articles are connected by their relationship to what Dr Phil Carter calls an ‘internal schema in the brain is projected out and then perceived as external’. The title – the internal map concretised – is reflected in Phil’s great article from earlier in 2015, a recent Radio National podcast, and two great You Tube videos. You could start with the videos, they are just plain fun, and the podcast is for when you have time to listen. The article is for serious contemplation.

Psychodrama: The bare bones

Everybody who has ever participated in a psychodrama is both fascinated and stunned by the impact of spontaneous play…[it] starts out on an empty stage with no script, no professional actors and no rehearsals. There is only the protagonist with his or her story which through the unique psychodramatic techniques expands into a full play, be it tragedy, satire, or comedy. The psychodrama has a strong psychological impact on the protagonist, the co-actors, and the group present.

Guilt, shame and other reactive motives. Thomas French

This article is often used and extrapolated in group settings especially psychodrama group settings.

"It is now generally recognized that neuroses are reactions to unconscious conflicts. In order to understand an unconscious conflict we should distinguish two kinds of motives—a "disturbing motive," which has usually been repressed, and a "reactive motive," which is responsible for the disturbing motive's having been repressed."

Beware of nominalizations (AKA zombie nouns) - Helen Sword TED-Ed

Few mistakes sour good writing like nominalizations, or, as Helen Sword likes to call them, zombie nouns. Zombie nouns transform simple and straightforward prose into verbose and often confusing writing. Keep your nouns away from the elongating nominalizations!

Lesson by Helen Sword, animation by Bran Dougherty-Johnson.

Stepping Into the Same River Every Week: Parmenides, Heraclitus, Chaos Theory, and the Nature of Change in Group Psychotherapy

The desired outcome of group psychotherapy, indeed, of any psychotherapy, is therapeutic change. But is fundamental change possible, or is there only a rearrangement of a preexisting state? This paper explores the question of the existence and nature of therapeutic change from the perspectives of the Greek philosophers Parmenides and Heraclitus using concepts from chaos theory to examine the process. I conclude that the actuality is a melding of the two ideas; that change occurs within continuity, and that continuity requires change.