Marriage and family therapy for instance, has to be so conducted that the “interpsyche” of the entire group is re-enacted so that all their tele-relations, their co-conscious and co-unconscious states are brought to life. Co-conscious and co-unconscious states are by definition such states which the partners have experienced and produced jointly and which can therefore be only jointly reproduced or re-enacted. A co-conscious or a co-unconscious state can not be the property of one individual only. It is always a common property and cannot be reproduced but by a combined effort. If a re-enactment of such co-conscious or co-unconscious state is desired or necessary, that re-enactment has to take place with the help of all partners involved in the episode. The logical method of such re-enactment a deux is psychodrama. However great a genius of perception one partner of the ensemble might have, he or she can not produce that episode alone because they have in common their co-conscious and co-unconscious states which are the matrix from which they drew their inspiration and knowledge.
(Moreno, 1977: vii)
Moreno, J. L. (1977). Psychodrama (Volume One, Fourth ed.) Beacon, New York.
that was 2006. I wrote a few more after that. And I’d like to mention this one, 2018, 12 years after the other one:
I changed my tune on Freud.
I’ve been imagining the world lately as if there is no unconscious just people in action. Moving in the moment. Its hard to do, but an interesting process.
Playing with Moreno’s idea that the psyche is outside the body.
“Who Shall Survive?” begins with a universal statement about humanity.
“SOCIAL AND ORGANIC UNITY OF HUMANKIND *”
That’s the heading and it makes quite a statement! It is followed by the classic opening line about mankind:
“A truly therapeutic procedure cannot have less an objective than the whole of humankind.”
Social Work, Sociometry, & Psychodrama:
Experiential Approaches for Group Therapists, Community Leaders, and Social Workers
Dr. Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, BCD, FAAETS, PAT
Link to the book:
Here is the printable flyer for Theatre of Spontaneity 2021
Open evenings of Psychodrama in Christchurch
First Tuesday of every month. 6.30 to 9.00pm.
Come and participate in an evening of Psychodrama conducted by experienced group practitioners. Psychodrama is an active and enlivening method which aims to increase spontaneity, strengthen relationships and build community. We explore what emerges in the group on the stage and sometimes the events have a theme. Social or community issues may be to the fore, sometimes the event is more about personal or professional development.
The name Theatre of Spontaneity has its origins in Vienna, early last century, when Jacob Moreno, the founder of psychodrama, conducted theatre in this style.
The event has been happening regularly since February 2013. Usually between 10 and 15 people come. The evenings are conducted by qualified psychodrama directors
You are welcome, no experience necessary.
Please arrive by 6.15pm.
Quaker Meeting House, 217 Ferry Road, Christchurch.
Organised by the Canterbury/Westland branch of the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association.
**** Potluck Dinner ****
Tuesday 17 November, 7pm
Phillipstown Community Hub
39 Nursery Rd, Phillipstown
Join us for an informal gathering for a potluck dinner from 7pm. Regional AANZPA members, associate members and affiliates welcome Theatre of Spontaneity attendees, Psychodrama trainees, and others interested. This will follow our regional association AGM (6.30-7pm).
Just read a post on John Frame’s blog on Serendipity.
… a strange force called synchronicity, or the coming together of things at one moment in time by that non-linear force called synchronicity. I argued how synchronicity might be related to the two greatest films in Hollywood and one of the most famous books in American history.
Lovely stories about great movies follow.
It made me thing about how drama work… how in psychodrama we use synchronicity – we don’t call it that, but we refer to making the sociometric matrix visible.
Synchronously I was just uploading my 1999 thesis to this blog. I read it through the other day and I was quite pleased with it. I am working with trainees who are writing psychodrama thesis. And it seems to do what I teach now.
Have a clear topic and audience. The central “thesis” needs to be present throughout.
Imagine the task of the group leader when faced with diverse individuals and how this might conﬂict with the desire to have coherent group life.
Join me as a systems thinker, becoming aware of the inter-relationships in the group, to be able to use the imagination to see the life of the group and the life of individuals.
In art, poetry and psychodrama things come together…