Book Review: The First Psychodramatic Family (2011 Edition)

The First Psychodramatic Family was first published in 1964 as No. 40 in the Psychodrama and Group Psychotherapy Monograph Series. The authors were J.L., Zerka and Jonathan Moreno. Biographer Rene Marineau (1989:140) describes the work as “the very personal account of the use of psychodrama in Moreno’s own family”. This 2011 edition is published by the North-West Psychodrama Association with Zerka Moreno’s permission and blessing.

At the beginning of The First Psychodramatic Family, an explanatory note suggests that this is a poetic and aesthetic story. Historical accuracy is not the aim. I returned to this statement each time I became aware of an inconsistency. As I read the book it occurred to me that there could be several lenses through which to view the notion of the first psychodramatic family. I recommend that you read these anecdotes and narratives as if coming to Moreno and his family for the first time — in this moment.

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