The Psychodramatic Technique of Doubling and its Relationship to Zen Buddhist Practice

Abstract: The author describes the interaction between psychodrama and Zen Buddhist practice through the psychodramatic technique of 'doubling'. She recalls how the Zen Buddhist practice of 'zazen' meditation helped her cope with a severe illness. The practice of labeling thoughts, emotions, and impulses in zazen is similar to the psychodramatic process of doubling. She calls this process 'self-doubling' and believes that the greater self-awareness it brings about has had a positive impact on her life.

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