Journal 22 December 2013

Rev Dr G. Max Clayton 27 January 1935 — 28 March 2013

Some AANZPA members have known Max over four decades, while others have met him more recently. This overview sketches key events in Max’s life as a backdrop to the tributes that follow.

Just an Ordinary Max Clayton Person

“Just an Ordinary Max Clayton Person” is from an interview with max Clayton by Peter Cammock

Boundary and Flow: Max Clayton and Psychodrama in Action

What has containment to do with the vitality of the psychodramatic method? In this article, John Farnsworth recalls a vivid demonstration by Max Clayton in 2002 of how containment and flow relate to each other. Max also raised important questions about how closely psychodrama and psychotherapy relate through these concepts.The article investigates each of these concerns, illustrating them by investigating how boundary and flow appear in different settings, whether with individuals, groups, face-to-face or online.

Heart of Humanity: Thinking it Through with Moreno Again and Again

Don argues each concept in Moreno’s vision for humanity is appreciated best when viewed in the light of all the others. He suggests that taking them one by one often leads to misinterpretation. Worse, the psychodrama community may become distanced from Moreno’s core philosophies. Embracing Moreno’s thinking as a whole enhances and refines the comprehension and application of his work. The central thrust of Moreno’s thinking attends to a range of factors that together powerfully assist us to work effectively with the heart of humanity.

Creative Genius: A Spark in a Cloud of Unknowing

This article presents the author’s conviction and work showing that a psychodrama director learns to follow the protagonist/client and trust a wide range of interactive communications. Their full nature may be hidden from the director. The protagonist can be unconscious of specifics or relevance. The writer accepts many cognitive functions of the central nervous system happen at a speed making conscious consideration impossible. Learning is not only an intentional act but is built into our mind-body functioning.

Psychodrama and Insight

Insight in psychodrama occurs through the use of basic techniques such as concretisation, role reversal and mirroring. But it is not guaranteed. Drawing on research into the neuroscience of insight, the psychodramatist can explicitly focus on simple steps to maximize the possibility of insight: setting out the dilemma, shifting to a resting state and then bringing this state of being into contact with the presenting dilemma.

Book Review: A Clinician’s Guide to Psychodrama

My interest in this book was aroused as soon as I opened the front pages and scanned the contents page. I was instantly alerted that this might be the simple guide to psychodrama that I had always wanted. I reflected on my experiences many years ago, as a beginner psychodrama trainee, when I began experiential training with no understanding of the basic methods underpinning the action. At that time I would have benefited from having available a clear and simple guide to the method.

Book Review: Radical Man: The Process of Psycho-Social Development

Karen Horney (1885-1952), J. L. Moreno (1889-1974) and Charles Hampden- Turner in Radical Man stand on common ground.They highlight anxiety in human functioning; the cause of neurosis according to Horney, for Moreno anxiety is nothing but spontaneity-lost, and for Hampden-Turner it is cause of anomie. He writes (p. 392) “... insofar as any single problem holds other problems in its thrall, I would say that the central issue is our individual capacity to tolerate the fires of existential anxiety.”

Book Review: The Autobiography of J.L Moreno M.D. (Abridged)

This 2011 Edition of Moreno’s autobiography brings together works previously published in the Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama and Sociometry in the Spring and Summer of 1989 1. As noted by Jonathan Moreno in his erudite foreword to the 1989 version, it was an edited 124 page version of Moreno’s five hundred page original autobiographical reminiscences, written several years prior to his death in 1974. This current edition has been re-edited by Zerka Moreno. We are indeed lucky to have this recording and editing of his autobiography by Jonathan Moreno his son and Zerka T.

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