Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Moreno & sociometry get mention from Facebook watcher

An enterprising writer just posted the article The Future Of Facebook Was Born In 1932, commenting on the origins of social networking -- our very own  J.L. Moreno, physician, mystic and social scientist.

As we all know, Moreno was a genius of social systems, developing sociometry, sociodrama and sociatry in addition to the more well-known psychodrama. Moreno has been so long relegated to the footnotes of psychology books that it's great to see him get some recognition.

We blogged about this Facebook and sociometry connection back in 2009; revisit here.

The current online article links to a journal article Network Analysis in the Social Sciences. More serious readers can find the scholarly article here. The graphic below accompanies the article.

Monday, May 14, 2012

"Stop it!" Reprising the "role" of Bob Newhart's psychiatrist

A friend just sent me this link to a funny episode, reprising actor Bob Newhart's classic psychiatrist role. So for those of you who have worked in mental health or counseling, or have gotten psychotherapy, needed psychotherapy, didn't benefit from the psychotherapy, or just loves a wacky take on human dysfunctions, enjoy:

P.S. It isn't really like this in psychodrama. We who practice do it differently!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New Ritual Theatre book includes a chapter on psychodrama

New book out: 

"Ritual Theatre - The Power of Dramatic Ritual in Personal Development Groups and Clinical Practice." It's published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and available through Amazon.

The book is a collaboration of different styles of work with ritual theater, including a chapter on psychodrama by Sylvia Israel and Elizabeth Plummer,  both psychodramatists in California -- and  edited by Claire Schrader in London. 

See a preview of their chapter Psychodrama and Ritual Theatre here.

Here's a link to Claire's blog where she talks more about the book and her own influences from different aspects of Ritual Theatre including African shaman Malidoma Somé.