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The internal map concretised: an article, two videos and a podcast.

These articles are connected by their relationship to what Dr Phil Carter calls an ‘internal schema in the brain is projected out and then perceived as external’. The title – the internal map concretised – is reflected in Phil’s great article from earlier in 2015, a recent Radio National podcast, and two great You Tube videos. You could start with the videos, they are just plain fun, and the podcast is for when you have time to listen. The article is for serious contemplation.

Psychodrama: The bare bones

Everybody who has ever participated in a psychodrama is both fascinated and stunned by the impact of spontaneous play…[it] starts out on an empty stage with no script, no professional actors and no rehearsals. There is only the protagonist with his or her story which through the unique psychodramatic techniques expands into a full play, be it tragedy, satire, or comedy. The psychodrama has a strong psychological impact on the protagonist, the co-actors, and the group present.

Guilt, shame and other reactive motives. Thomas French

This article is often used and extrapolated in group settings especially psychodrama group settings.

"It is now generally recognized that neuroses are reactions to unconscious conflicts. In order to understand an unconscious conflict we should distinguish two kinds of motives—a "disturbing motive," which has usually been repressed, and a "reactive motive," which is responsible for the disturbing motive's having been repressed."

Beware of nominalizations (AKA zombie nouns) - Helen Sword TED-Ed

Few mistakes sour good writing like nominalizations, or, as Helen Sword likes to call them, zombie nouns. Zombie nouns transform simple and straightforward prose into verbose and often confusing writing. Keep your nouns away from the elongating nominalizations!

Lesson by Helen Sword, animation by Bran Dougherty-Johnson.

Stepping Into the Same River Every Week: Parmenides, Heraclitus, Chaos Theory, and the Nature of Change in Group Psychotherapy

The desired outcome of group psychotherapy, indeed, of any psychotherapy, is therapeutic change. But is fundamental change possible, or is there only a rearrangement of a preexisting state? This paper explores the question of the existence and nature of therapeutic change from the perspectives of the Greek philosophers Parmenides and Heraclitus using concepts from chaos theory to examine the process. I conclude that the actuality is a melding of the two ideas; that change occurs within continuity, and that continuity requires change.

Comparing mindfulness and anti-depressents to prevent relapse of depression

This is a good piece of research comparing mindfulness based cognitive therapy and anti-depressents. Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy compared with maintenance antidepressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence (PREVENT): a randomised controlled trial. The precis and article is available.

The toxic handler - an article about those that heal.

You've watched them comfort colleagues, defuse tense situations, and take the heat from tough bosses. You've seen them step in to ease the pain during layoffs and change programs. Who are they? The authors call them toxic handlers- managers who voluntarily shoulder the sadness, frustration, bitterness, and anger of others so that highquality work continues to get done.

The ladder of inference in pictures - just for fun.

This is a great little clip which highlights the model – the ladder of inference – basically that we make up stories based on what we perceive. When we perceive partially we make up stories that are partial. However we usually have full confidence in our stories because they are based on real data. Check here for an article on the ladder. Click here for an article on the ladder.

Damn - stretching not much use.

This is a great article on the value of stretching, or to put it more clearly, the lack of value of stretching. I remember one of the articles quoted here pointed out that 100 people would have to do 20 minutes pre and poart stretching for 2 years for one person to have one less injury.


Psychodrama in the Training of Practical Psychologists

The relevance of the studied problem is to find the ways of training the students of psychological faculties for their professional work as practical psychologists. The purpose of the article is to disclose the usage of psychodrama in psychologists’ training for their practical activity. The effective aspects of psychodrama experienced personally are defined applying the analysis of the participation in the psychodrama group questionnaires and analyzing psychodrama participants’ essays. The principle method of the problem is a phenomenological analysis of written essays of the psychodrama groups’ participants. The participants’ questionnaires were also used after each psychodrama meeting. As a result of psychodrama training, students can determine their future profession and evaluate their psychological readiness for the practice. Used methods of analysis activate self-analysis of the vocational training results. The materials of the article can be useful for psychodrama directors in assessing their efficiency for group participants.