Category: Psychodrama

History of Psychodrama and the Law

Psychodrama has been around a very long time.  It was originally devised and developed many decades ago by Jacob Levy Moreno (1889-1997).  Born in Austria, Moreno developed his theories around the turn of the 20th century; which was the same time Freud was “inventing” psychotherapy. However, according to John Nolte, it was Gerry Spence who is largely credited with bringing…

Aaron Beck Endorses the Union of Psychodrama and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was created by Dr. Aaron Beck in the 1960s.  Since this time it has increasingly been recognized as an extraordinarily effective psychotherapeutic intervention.  Since its early development, scientists around the world have researched CBT to determine if it is effective in treating such disparate disorders as depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, drug abuse, anxiety disorders, personality…

What is Sociometry?

J.L. Moreno was a psychiatrist born in 1889 in Romania.  He is credited with the development of group therapy, sociodrama and psychodrama.  One of his basic contributions is sociometry. Sociometry is the measurement of social choice, meaning the decisions, both conscious and unconscious, that are made regarding inter-personal affiliation. These measurement tools can be used to facilitate change.  (Garcia and…

Learning How to Master New Skills in Your Business or Profession

Erika Andersen, in her Harvard Business Review article entitled “Managing Yourself; Learning to Learn” indicates that when it comes to staying on top of business or professional competitors, “the ability to learn faster than your competition may be the only sustainable advantage.” One of the problems of course is that, “pushing yourself to acquire radically different capabilities – while still…

What is Psychodrama?

One definition of psychodrama, which comes from Antonina Garcia and Dale Buchanan, is as follows: Psychodrama is a deep action method developed by Jacob Levy Moreno (1889 – 1974), in which people enact scenes from their lives, dreams or fantasies in “an effort to express unexpressed feelings, gain new insights and understandings, and practice new and more satisfying behaviors.” Another…

Using Psychodrama and Sociometry in the Courtroom

The following is an excerpt from Patrick Barone’s two-volume treatise Defending Drinking Drivers: As it relates to jury trial, the jurors are each going through their own sociometric cycle. Much of this is discussed in detail in Carl Bettinger’s Twelve Heroes, One Voice, which uses the hero’s journey rather than the harmonic- conflictual sociometric cycle as a metaphor. Bettinger explains…

What Part Does God Play in Psychodrama?

This simple question lends itself to a rather more complicated answer, which begins with a bit of history about Jacob L. Moreno, M.D., the founder of Psychodrama.  Both of Moreno’s parents were Sephardi Jews, but by all accounts Moreno was not particularly religious. He was however deeply spiritual. Moreno believed that we are all connected to and with the creator. …