The First Psychodramatic Family
eBook (PDF), 136 Pages
J. L. Moreno wrote books, chapters and articles about psychodrama. His writing, like the method he pioneered, is rich and complex. Many students, practitioners and participants around the world have encountered Moreno’s work in action; however, fewer people may have had the opportunity to read and think about the ‘words of the father’ due to the limited availability of key texts. A desire to ensure Moreno’s work is available to the widest possible audience inspired members of the North West Psychodrama Association to work together to re-publish the books in this series. We hope by doing so J. L. Moreno’s words will continue to reverberate across time and space: inspiring new generations of practitioners to be as creative and spontaneous as is possible whilst managing the complexity of modern day practice.
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Dec 19, 2013Rene Marineau describes the work as “the very personal account of the use of psychodrama in Moreno’s own family”. It starts with an explanatory note suggesting that this is a poetic and aesthetic story. Historical accuracy is not the aim. The chapters and segments reveal how J.L., Zerka and Jonathan used psychodrama within their family, sometimes with a learning outcome for Jonathan and sometimes not as planned, prompting J.L.or Zerka to reflect on the way they used the method. It is like a collage. There are many carefully selected individual ingredients. The textures and sources vary, some original writings by Moreno and Zerka, poems, anecdotes, facsimiles in the form of extracts from professional journals, newspaper articles, photographs and drawings. As with a collage the viewer can stand back and take in the whole picture or choose to zoom in on one element for further exploration. Zerka’s poems are self-disclosing regarding the impact of the loss of her arm and her... More > hospitalisation for other ailments. She does not sound sorry for herself and yet I glean a sadness and grief. Her poems of Jonathan’s early years have a spirited lightness and clarity. The poems about her and J.L. introducing Jonathan to the psychodramatic ways of seeing the world, relationships and experiences are entertaining and informative. The purported megalomaniac aspect of J.L.’s character is displayed in riddles and paradoxes. His megalomania is known well “but the legend of his modesty is little known”. He had published anonymously. Others took his ideas. He fought to prove his authorship. He claimed that “ideas, once they are born, belong to the universe, and no one has the right to buy and sell them on market; they belong to universality.” The efficacy of the therapeutic theatre can hardly be stated more movingly and powerfully than as “the vehicle for transformation from an irreversible to a reversible universe.” J.L. knew the challenge required for spontaneity to flourish and this can encourage us to also rise to the occasion. “Whenever I enter a situation which requires psychodramatic treatment I ostensibly undergo a ‘transformation’. I feel disturbed, uneasy, as if trying to live up to the challenge of the moment and to the greatest expectations of the group.” Marineau’s 1989 biography of Jacob Levy Moreno complements the Moreno family’s own writings. He explores the legends and myths of Moreno’s birth and childhood and other relationships in his life. Penny Beran< Less
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- North-West Psychodrama Association (Standard Copyright License)
- September 28, 2011
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