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For those that like to weep

I've been reveiving emails from Nic Askew who uses film brilliantly to craft what he calls Soul Biographies. I don't watch them all - but this one got through the filters with a title like Last night, Charlie sliiped away from this world.

What is the Stream of Consciousness (School of Life)

The stream of consciousness refers to the passage of many thousands of images and ideas through our minds every day, very few of which we manage to arrest and examine in any detail. Accurate self-knowledge depends on patiently sitting on the bank of the stream of consciousness - identifying and extracting insights.

Using sociodrama to explore and engage with complex thematic metaphors

This paper presents an application of sociodrama and sociometry in a session at a Gestalt Australia and New Zealand (GANZ) conference. The purpose of this paper is to present and consider the use of these methods in non-problem oriented contexts. The examples in the paper are written in present tense using an annotated narrative style which allows for an explication of the ideas and concepts from sociodrama, sociometry and psychodrama as they arise in the narrative. The paper begins with a brief introduction of the concepts of psychodrama, sociodrama, and sociometry. Then follows an example of a sociodramatic enactment including a group warm-up phase, an enactment phase, and a sharing phase. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the value of this type of process in such a setting.

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.)