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This area is designed to compliment our psychodrama training programs as well as hold articles that are stimulating and challenging.

Dan Gilbert and considerations of bad decisions

Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q&A with some familiar TED faces.

What is psychodrama? A short video presentation

Psychodrama is a creative form of group action that may be used for therapy, fun, creativity, exploration of community and social issues or exploration of cultural and philosophical issues. It can be deeply personal as well as deeply engaging.

Perceptual Positions as a shorthand for self presentation, role reversal, and group process.

Perecptual positions is a communications model that encourages a person to move between the perspective of self, the other individuals, and the group. It has numerous overlaps with psychodrama where a similar fluidity is required for developing the capacity to be a group leader and psychodrama director. This is a short readbale article which introduces the subject in a personal narrative style.

Dr Phil Carter on psychodrama, in the Arizona desert

Dr Phil Carter extemporising about relationships, vulnerability and psychodrama.

Psychodrama practice group guidelines

The purpose of the peer practice groups is for all members to practice psychodrama directing without supervision (at the time) and to practice reflective writing in close proximity to a session. Over time, we envisage the writing taking on the quality of a professional report on an event in the session.  Sessions include warm-up, enactment and sharing. The aim of the group is to foster peer connections, collaborative learning, and to gain confidence in practicing the psychodrama method.

Leadership

Leadership is variously defined around the world. Here at Psychodrama Asutralia we see it as "based on the development of abilities over a long period of time. It is not based on the acquisition of techniques or skills." The following quote succinctly captures our unique and respectful approach to leadership

Which would you prefer - do nothing or receive electric shocks!

Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind

Vol. 345 no. 6192 pp. 75-77

Authors: Timothy D. Wilson, David A. Reinhard Erin C. Westgate, Daniel T. Gilbert, Nicole Ellerbeck, Cheryl Hahn, Casey L. Brown, Adi Shaked

In 11 studies, the researchers found that participants typically did not enjoy spending 6 to 15 minutes in a room by themselves with nothing to do but think, that they enjoyed doing mundane external activities much more, and that many preferred to administer electric shocks to themselves instead of being left alone with their thoughts. Most people seem to prefer to be doing something rather than nothing, even if that something is negative.

The concept of the individual warm-up state

Warm-up is a psychodramatic concept proposing that an individual’s total functioning state in the moment is readable in a comprehensive and accurate manner. Reading of a person’s warm-up may allow it to be utilised while working with them in a wide variety of ways. Each person has their own individual warm-up in response to their context, at each moment.

Choice Blindness – Lars Hall and Petter Johansson

The following are the ongoing brilliant work of the Choice Blindness Lab. You can see their early collaboration (2008) at the bottom from a BBC production where they had people change their minds and then deny it and argue for their opposite viewpoint.  Subsequently there are two good papers (2012 & 2013) where they go a bit further and get people to make statements about their morals and political viewpoints and then argue from the opposite perspective and, again, the subjects deny they have changed their minds and around 80% don’t even notice they have.

Experiments in Self-Learning - Sugata Mitra

Indian education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching. This stuff is just amazing. If you ever wanted to feel hopeful about human nature and our desire to grow beyond what we know then watch this.