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Testing intuition

This short TED talk, by behavioural economist Dan Ariely, is a great piece of watching. His book Predictably Irrational is also a highly entertaining read. Especially the chapter on people continuing to rate the best beer as being the one with vinegar in it simply because it was in the expensive beer bottles. While the 'better' beer - the actual beer from the bottles - was rated lower. They also paid more for the beer and vinegar than for the 'real' beer. Thats from memory so don't quote me.

Ariely has a nice take on intuition. Basically the area of what do we do when your intuition and my intuition are at loggerheadds? Whose intuition is 'correct', or are either of them 'correct'? It takes us into the area of 'certaintiy'. According to Robert Burton who wrote On Being Certain certainty is a feeling much like anger, sadness, fear and other such strong emotions. If certainty is indeed an emotion, instead of an outcome of a series of reasonable, perhaps logical processes, then how do we work with it? If it arises much like fight/flight arises then ..... HUH!

I am so certain that this is an important piece of information, jigsaw piece about the human world. I am, so there!

For my money, Morenian action methods such as group processes, group psychotherapy, psychodrama, role training and sociodrama are brilliant ways for working with certainty and treating it as a feeling in a larger process, and for looking at the larger process. Let me know what you think at


What makes us feel good about our work?

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work

The transmogrification of warm-up: from drama to psychodrama

This paper, The transmogrification of warm-up: from drama to psychodrama, will be published in the journal The Arts in Psychotherapy Volume 44 in July. It was written by Peter Howie and Richard Bagnall. Please download or click on the link above if you would prefer to read the article online. The reference will be: Howie, P, & Bagnall, R. (2015) The transmogrification of warm-up: From drama to psychodrama.The arts in psychotherapy, 44, 35-44.

Download the paper by clicking here: The transmogrification of warm-up: from drama to psychodrama.

Cold reading: a great fun discussion with Richard Dawkins and Derren Brown

"You either live on your own or you live with other people?" is a great cold reading line. This is a really neat clip of Richard Dawkins chatting with a professional illusionist about the skills of cold reading. Cold reading is an ability that some psychic readers employ to hook you or into believing they are communicating with spirits, and especially spirits that appear to know you. They are both thoroughly British in their polite and revealing discussion and their gentle and thorough wiping of the floor with the whole area. Its is about 50 minutes but I found I just got engaged and it kept my attention.


Leadership of another sort

This is a short and worthwhile video with a decent narration. It suggests leadership comes from many sources not just the leader. The leader is defined by people following, who also need to take leadership. It is also incredibly silly and fun.

Stepping into the same river every week.

Abstract: 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.


Falling in love in a few minutes

Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Mariette DiChristina and Dr. Robert Epstein lead a volunteer exercise called "soul gazing" as part of the March 10th, 2010 event "How to Fall in Love and Stay That Way." The talk focused on the psychological, physiological, chemical and social effects of love, including the latest science on fostering emotional intimacy.

Dan Gilbert and considerations of bad decisions

Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q&A with some familiar TED faces.

What is psychodrama? A short video presentation

Psychodrama is a creative form of group action that may be used for therapy, fun, creativity, exploration of community and social issues or exploration of cultural and philosophical issues. It can be deeply personal as well as deeply engaging.

Perceptual Positions as a shorthand for self presentation, role reversal, and group process.

Perecptual positions is a communications model that encourages a person to move between the perspective of self, the other individuals, and the group. It has numerous overlaps with psychodrama where a similar fluidity is required for developing the capacity to be a group leader and psychodrama director. This is a short readbale article which introduces the subject in a personal narrative style.