I am updating the Psychodramatic Couple Therapy Handbook. In the introduction I link to a historic Outline of the first Psychodramatic Couple Therapy Training course, preserved online here. It is the latest version from April 2021.
Just read an article on Alfred Adler: For Socialist Psychologist Alfred Adler, Collective Feeling Was the Cure.. Wikipedia is pretty good on him too.
I wonder where Moreno stood on this Red Vienna thing?
Searching in “Who Shall Survive?” — After a scathing account of psychoanalysis Moreno writes:
Adler’s system* started with another calamity, the inferiority of organs and the feelings of inferiority .
– With this footnote:
* Adler developed in his later years a supplementary system but he could never free himself from an analytic position .
“Who Shall Survive?” page lii
Describing a split in the group psychotherapy field Moreno writes:
It is significant to note that many adherents of the analytic schools with a strong sociological and actional orientation, like the Adlerians, the Jungians and the neo-Freudians are inclined towards our original society, whereas those with an individual and verbal orientation tend towards the secession group.
“Who Shall Survive?” — page xcviii
That does not tell me much but it a small piece in the puzzle.
The Group and its Protagonist
I wrote a psychodrama thesis that was published in 1999. it took me 15 years to write. I appreciate I did that work – not sure I’d manage it now! I could give it a good edit.
It stands up today as expressing a central idea about the interconnected ness between people… the group is more than the sum of the pars of the individuals. It is the sum of the relationships between them. That is like looking at the stars… grasping the group life is an art. And sometimes a child can do it.
I just posted the thesis on Academia.edu. No idea if that is a good thing to do!
Its also here on this site:
Click to access The-group-and-its-protagonist-Walter-Logeman.pdf
The Intimate Interface
“Computer/human interfaces may become so intimate that users may reasonably be considered superhumanly intelligent.”
DALL E — Andy Warhol portraits
Instructed DALL.E to create portraits of Andy Warhol in the style of four artists.
Lucian Freud, Edward Hopper, Walter Logeman (ha!) and David Hockney
Gives me a new insight (fake?) into Warhol.
GPT3 AI on Psyberspace
I’ve been having pleasant conversations with Open AI GPT3 and I was wondering if it could create a replica of me using my blog posts. I asked it:
Can you analyse the blog Psyberspace?
Psyberspace is a blog about psychology, technology, and society. The blog covers a wide range of topics, including the impact of technology on our mental health, the way we interact with technology, and the way that technology is changing our world.
The blog is written in a clear and accessible style, and it provides an interesting and thought-provoking perspective on the way that technology is impacting our lives.
That is very good! I am the author of that blog and you say it better than me.
Who are the main thinkers Psyberspace quotes and comments on?
Psyberspace quotes and comments on a wide range of thinkers, including psychologists, sociologists, and philosophers. Some of the main thinkers that the blog covers include Marshall McLuhan, Neil Postman, and Jacques Ellul.
But that is a little strange – I’ve never heard of Jacques Ellul
Who is the author of the blog?
The author of the blog is Dr. Tim Summers.
Psyberspace has a lot about psychodrama and also Imago relationship therapy. What can you glean from the blog about that.
The blog provides an introduction to psychodrama and its benefits for couples. It also covers a wide range of topics related to Imago relationship therapy, including the way that the therapy can help couples to communicate more effectively, to understand each other’s perspectives, and to resolve conflict.
OK it is interesting but not passing the Turing test!
Here is a link to Timothy Summers
And another to Jacques Ellul
Searching for a place to stand
A DALL E I edited and selected and with more instructions I came up with this. AI collaboration?
Where is my tūrangawaewae?
Playing with AI & Poetry
This poem by Joyce Kilmer came to mind. It led to the prompt to the AI and the result… I then edited the hell out of it. Leading to a little poem ‘I see a rose’
A rose by the side of the road
Is all it takes to make me feel whole
All the colors and scents
Nature has to offer
Take me away to a place where I can be free
And the world is my oyster
This is what poetry does for me
It takes me away to a better place
And fills me with hope and beauty
When I am surrounded by nature
I feel at peace, and everything makes perfect sense
Thank you, dear poet, for giving me this gift
For opening my eyes and my heart
And transport me to a world of your own
Where the only thing that matters
Are the words that we write
And the feelings they inspire
I see a rose
I see a rose
& I feel whole.
Your words invite
my heart to open,
I logged into Open AI and asked the the machine to improve the quality of our blurb for the workshops Kate and I run. Here is the question and the result.
Can you improve the following description of a workshop:
Love. Living life to the full. Finding meaning. Global and spiritual matters. Conflict, grief and illness. Examine and be challenged by matters of importance to you in these evening workshops. You can expect to gain a deeper awareness of yourself and others. Learn to be spontaneous, courageous and effective in relationships. We will use psychodrama to explore themes relevant to you and the group. If you are in a couple relationship you are both invited to attend. No previous group experience is necessary.
If you‘re looking for a workshop series that will help you explore deep, personal themes and improve your relationships, this is the one for you. Using psychodrama, participants will be challenged to examine their own lives and beliefs, and to learn to be more spontaneous, courageous, and effective in their interactions with others. Whether you‘re single or in a relationship, this series is open to anyone and no previous group experience is necessary.
What do you think?