||The Water of Life
||Journal 23 December 2014
||mythical story, organisational culture, surplus reality
||Whether as a producer, auxiliary or protagonist I love surplus reality and the metaphorical elements in psychodramas. I have been a romping dog in a drama and any number of vines, rocks and broken axe handles. I feel enlivened and relish this in others. These elements may be, and often are, expanded into a whole story, one that has an integrity to the protagonist and the group. There is a co-creation at work as auxiliaries experience the freedom of being something that isn't everyday, whether a personified rock or the warrior goddess Sekhmet. A story has a narrative and logic that drives it forward carrying the drama. Sometimes these stories are ordinary 'small' stories, sometimes they are world-encompassing mythic tales; stories that mirror human nature, our collective histories and how things are the way they are. They go to the core of meaning and illuminate it.
||Surplus Reality: The Magic Ingredient in Psychodrama
||Journal 20 December 2011
||as if, auxiliary ego, concretisation, imagination, locus nascendi, maximisation, neuroscience, protagonist, role reversal, social atom repair, spontaneity, status nascendi, surplus reality, systems theory, unconscious
||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.