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When is a self not a self - when it is a role.

Moreno developed his ideas about role theory and they significantly influence how psychodrama is enacted and produced. Role theory suggests that the idea that we an authentic self, an inner self, is simply an idea we have inherited from our culture and does not stand up to close scrutiny. In this extract from Dr Bernie Neville's book Educating Psyche, Neville discusses Moreno's ideas about roles, psyche, identity, self, and such things in a lively and illustrative manner.

Just Stop It

This is a wonderfully silly spoof at learning, therapy and giving advice. It is fairly short and very entertaining. Yet I reckon that many people I know, including myself, have either been tempted to use this technique or else actually used it, with probably similar results. None!

Psychodrama - Robert's journey and a great case example

This is another chapter of a book called “Too good to last: The death of a caring culture” Written by Dr Robert Crawford and reprinted here with his kind permission. This is a great chapter which gives three things - an historical perspective on group psychotherapy, a first person presentation of an experienced professional training in psychodrama, and a cobbled (hence anonymous) case example of working with psychodrama with a person trying to overcome addictions of one type or another.

Talking to strangers is good for you.

Humans are some of the most social creatures on this planet, but step into an elevator, train or public bus and something strange happens: we fall silent, stare at the wall and ignore the strangers surrounding us. But in doing so, we might be missing out on an easy way to make ourselves happier people.

This article examines some recent research to show that talking to strangers bears fruit.


Consciousness - lots of good thinking going into this but its still a mystery

Antonio Damasio, noted researcher and professor of neuroscience at USC, explains how emotions are integral to decision-making. He discusses his experiences working with people with brain damage who are unable to decide things as simple as where to go to dinner. Following this short 3/4 munite talk Demaiso give another talk looking at how every morning we wake up and regain consciousness -- that is a marvelous fact -- but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.

Dr Wendy McIntosh - How our language does not serve our clients

This is a video presentatin by Dr Wendy McIntosh where she takes a conference groups through a process highlighting how language that is used does not serve our clients.

Mindwise, second perceptual position, and the ladder of inference

Stephen Dubner talks to Nicholas Epley.

"I’m a professor of behavioural science at the University of Chicago. I’m in the Booth School of Business, and I study mind-reading."

This short talk and the examples given point to

  • our over-confidence that we know what others are thinking
  • as well as when things are obvious to us, how hard it is to teach someone else for whom those things are not obvious
  • to confirm suspicions, hunches, insights into other ... ask!

The Spectrogram in Psychodrama

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the use of a technique, called' the spectrogram, in the psychodramatic approach to group therapy. The spectrogram is both diagnostic and therapeutic. It clarifies issues, makes abstract issues concrete, and forces the participation and commitment of usually nonverbal members. It is particularly useful as one method of warming up a psychodrama group.

Everything you know about violence is wrong

Everything you know is wrong - Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.


Selling cocaine earns less than working at McDonalds

Freakonomics author Steven Levitt presents new data on the finances of drug dealing. Contrary to popular myth, he says, being a street-corner crack dealer isnt lucrative: It pays below minimum wage. And your boss can kill you. Freakenomics is meant to examine the 'hidden side of everything' which to me sounds familiar to the concept of sociometry - the measuring of relationships. However, Levitt is an economist and was thinking simply about unconsdiered elements in any system.