Surplus Reality: The Magic Ingredient in Psychodrama

Anything that can be imagined can be created on the psychodramatic stage. This is the magic that makes surplus reality a central aspect and powerful tool of Dr. J.L. Moreno’s psychodrama method. Through surplus reality a person is able to enter the unknown, live out their fantasies and become the creator of their own life. Using psychodramatic work as illustration, Ali Watersong demonstrates the way that surplus reality facilitates the development of spontaneity, brings about social atom repair and assists in the formation of a positive identity.

This article is adapted from the author’s 2008 Australian and New Zealand Psychodrama Association (ANZPA) accreditation thesis, The Magic of Surplus Reality: Developing Spontaneity and Bringing about Social Atom Repair.

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