||Digging for gold: the search for meaning
||Journal 27 December 2018
||Max Clayton, warm up, warm-up, warming up
||What are you focusing on in your research?’ Max asked with clear interest. ‘Defining the psychodramatic concept of warm-up, Max,’ I said. I could see that Max was becoming mildly congested as his eyes reddened and his nostrils flared, presumably from the strengths of his responses ranging from ‘I’ve already written about that extensively’, to ‘Haven’t you listened to anything I’ve ever said?’ Not waiting for the congestion or dyspepsia to pass, whichever it might have actually been, I hurried on to head him off at the pass. ‘I know you’ve written about warm-up extensively in your co-authored book and in other works and chapters. You’ve written about how to recognise it, how to work with it, and where to expect it. And you’ve also taught extensively on how to notice and recognise it, and then work with it psychodramatically.’ As I spoke, Max seemed to settle, so I continued...
||Psychodrama and Insight
||Journal 22 December 2013
||brain wave, catharsis, creativity, insight, intuition, spontaneity, warming up
||Insight in psychodrama occurs through the use of basic techniques such as concretisation, role reversal and mirroring. But it is not guaranteed. Drawing on research into the neuroscience of insight, the psychodramatist can explicitly focus on simple steps to maximize the possibility of insight: setting out the dilemma, shifting to a resting state and then bringing this state of being into contact with the presenting dilemma.