Journal 18 December 2009

Reflections on Doubling

This article is an effort to present a clear, detailed and interesting portrayal of doubling through highlighting what it is, and through presenting and discussing efforts to function as a double with another person. A well functioning double has a profound effect on another person’s level of self-esteem and in addition gains a greater experience of the wonder and value of human life.

Maria Goes To Hospital - An Original Use Of The Double

This article is focused on the importance of doubling in individual psychotherapy. J.L. Moreno used philosophy, science and knowledge of the theatre to develop the psychodramatic method, including the use of the double as a therapeutic intervention. The author summarises Moreno’s stages of development, and presents a description, applications and case study of the use of the double and doubling in clinical practice.

Please Forget That You Know What ‘Role’ Means . . . The Pragmatics Of Human Functioning

Don Reekie focuses on the pragmatics of human functioning. He considers what makes sense and how we work. You are invited to recall, review and relearn. Set aside the baggage that the word ‘role’ is lumbered with in the 21st century. Examine your own everyday experiences. Look at human functioning while applying Jacob Moreno’s concepts and methods, centred on theatre, stage, drama, production, storyline, actors and audience. These can guide us to make sense of our ordinary everyday functioning and assist us in producing psychodrama.

The Imago Affair - Jacob Moreno’s Interpersonal Therapy And Harville Hendrix’s Relationship Therapy

Jacob Moreno’s Psychodrama Interpersonal Therapy and Harville Hendrix’s Imago Relationship Therapy, while different, have much in common. The meaning and origin of encounter and dialogue, and the contrast between locus and focus, are discussed with reference to ways they can be fostered. The question of professional identity and identifi cation with a modality is raised. Some general conclusions are reached regarding the boundaries between psychodrama and other modalities.

Psychotherapist in Search of a Psychodrama Stage Projection Spaces As Action Stages

This paper elaborates six mental projection spaces of the mind (Hucker, 2006) that can be viewed as psychodramatic action stages, upon which the content of the imagination can be projected, differentially concretised and modifi cations of the psychodrama method applied. The application of these projection spaces will be illustrated via the description of an individual psychotherapy session. In this session, the mental projection spaces are worked with as if the therapy was being enacted psychodramatically on a psychodrama stage.

A Vital and Relevant Life - A Morenian Approach In Palliative Care

Moreno’s philosophy is considered within the context of palliative care, specifi cally a Swedish model which illuminates a way of being when a family member is dying. Several examples drawn from hospice experience are described within a framework encompassing Moreno’s role theory and the continua of the Swedish model, affi nity-isolation, power- powerlessness and continuity-disruption.

Self At Zero - Bringing Spontaneity To The Treatment Of B P D

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a debilitating disorder of the self, the treatment of which to date has been largely confi ned to cognitive skills acquisition and verbal psychotherapies. This article describes the use of non-verbal kinaesthetic therapies, such as circus arts and action methods, in a specialist treatment centre. The effect of this new approach on clients at the centre is described with reference to the development of the false self, the self at zero, and the key element of spontaneity that provides the impetus for growth.

Looking Through the Lenses

Techniques and theory used by the psychodramatist, sociodramatist, role trainer and
sociometrist are the same. All aim to provide an experience that facilitates an effective learning or therapeutic outcome for clients. Where they differ is in their focus. This paper explores the different lens used by psychodramatists, sociodramatists, role trainers and sociometrists in their work in one to one process, the therapeutic relationship, group development, education and business.

Book Review: Sociodrama and Collective Trauma

Sociodrama and Collective Trauma
By Peter Felix Kellermann
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London
Reviewed by Jenny Hutt
In this wide-ranging exploration Peter Felix Kellermann draws a comprehensive map of current sociodrama practice and its use in collective healing.

Book Review: From One-To-One Psychodrama to Large Group Socio-Psychodrama: More Writings from the Arena of Brazilian Psychodrama

Edited, translated and published by Zoltàn (Zoli) Figusch

Reviewed by Judith McDonald

This, the second book of Brazilian psychodrama writings edited and translated by Zoltàn (Zoli) Figusch, is made up of a collection of 16 articles by leading Brazilian psychodramatists, some of whose work has thus far only been available in Portuguese. The book has two distinct parts, the first focusing on the theory and practice of what the Brazilians call one-to-one psychodrama psychotherapy, and the second on large group socio-psychodrama. Figusch provides an introduction to both.

Movie Review: Lars and the Real Girl

Lars and the Real Girl
Directed by Craig Gillespie
Reviewed by Neil Hucker
When I first saw this film title and read a brief review I was cautious. I thought maybe this was just a new soft porn take
on men and blow up dolls! I put off even considering seeing it, until a friend recommended it. To my great surprise, it turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable film without any of the recent postmodernist darkness and pessimism that frequently accompanies films.

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