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Writing and its many discontents

This resource has a list of articles and materials that are designed to make the creative act of writing both understandable as well as easier. It focuses on what good writing might be as well as who we are writing for.

Overcoming Bad Inner Voices

All of us have deeply unhelpful inner voices inside us, dragging us down with criticisms and unfair accusations. Wisdom involves learning how to replace them with more benevolent guides.

How to ruin your relationship

This is one of a series of videos that are designed to parody relationships and oddly, indicate some of the ways that might be mucking them up.

Ruining your relationship is something you're going to do. Why not become more successful at ruining your relationship by learning to do it quicker? In this video, I give you relationship advice that will ruin your relationship fast. Results are guaranteed.

Mobilizing Aesthetics in Psychodramatic Group Work - Ben Rivers

Mobilizing Aesthetics in Psychodramatic Group WorkIn this article, the author suggests that aesthetic factors can help to enhance the here-and-now, experiential dimension of psychodramatic group work.  This in turn promises to leave a deeper, multi-sensorial imprint upon the protagonist and other players.  The author also proposes that shared aesthetic experiences can help to deepen therapeutic rapport between participants and the therapist. The article offers examples of aesthetic options and preparatory approaches that can be utilized for mobilizing the full artistic potential of psychodrama.  Vignettes from various dramas, together with participant reflections, are used to illustrate the author’s central thesis.

The prison of your mind

Therapist and self-help author Sean Stephenson received one of the loudest standing ovations of the day after he spoke about making healthy choices. Stephenson, who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta (“brittle bone syndrome”), was given just months to live when he was born.

More than 30 years later, Stephenson’s motivational talks inspire others to live their dreams instead of focusing on their limitations.

Stephenson railed against pity, pointing out that had he chosen to wallow in self-pity, he would probably not be alive today. ‘I choose something else,” he said. ‘I chose to be strong. I choose to be a leader. I choose to have words to move this planet.’

Stephenson shared why he believes he was born, and encouraged the inmates to look inside themselves to find out why they were born, and use that knowledge to change the world.

‘I was born to rid this world of insecurity, because when a human being is insecure, we do stupid stuff … we chase external validation and external objects to try to tell us we are enough. You are enough.’

‘I have a belief that has served me in my life, and that is that everyone is rooting for you to win, even those who do not know it.'”

AANZPA Journal articles directly on sociodrama

AANZPA Journal articles directly on sociodrama - these are a series of sociodrama articles from the AANZPA journal.

TED talk about nothing

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.

In a hilarious talk capping off a day of new ideas at TEDxNewYork, professional funny person Will Stephen shows foolproof presentation skills to make you sound brilliant -- even if you are literally saying nothing. (Full disclosure: This talk is brought to you by two TED staffers, who have watched a LOT of TED Talks.)

The Therapy wars -

Therapy wars: the revenge of Freud

Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch? Maybe not but it is interesting to see how the argument goes.

 

Moreno in the kingdom of the children

The story of Moreno creating plays with children in the garden's of Vienna is slightly apocryphal so it was with delight I found this article from the Group Psychotherapy Psychodrama and Sociometry journal from 1979. You can read it online or download and read at your leisure.

As a very young man Moreno's. play with children in the gardens of Vienna proved to be a seedbed from which his therapeutic methods developed. He wrote about these story games in Das Koenigreich der Kinder (The Kingdom of the Children) in 1908. It was not without pride that he described how, given the opportunities he provided, one child after another revealed true dramatic talent. Some went on in later life to distinguished careers in the theater.
Of these, perhaps the most talented and most widely acclaimed was the actress Elisabeth Bergner. An ornament to the stage in Max Reinhardt"s theater in Berlin, in London with Charles Cochran, in films with Alexander Korda and her husband Paul Czinner, and on tours around the world, the films she made are considered cinema classics. Among her films was her greatest success, Escape Me Never. Its title could serve to describe her feelings toward Moreno.
Now Elisabeth Bergner has written her autobiography, Bewundert Viel und Viel Gescholten (Much Admired and Much Chided). With grace and felicity she discharges her debt to Moreno. By permission of her publishers-C. Bertelsmann Verlag of Munich-I have translated the following excerpts:

Using Role Theory, and the Social and Cultural Atom paper

This is a series of teaching emails that are sent out automatically when you subscribe. These emails focus on the use of role theory and the writing of social and cultural atom papers.