Developed by J. L. Moreno, MD, in the early 1900's, psychodrama is the use of guided dramatic action to resolve a conflict faced by a client (psychodrama) or a group (sociodrama). The goal is to allow a person to find hidden strengths, courage, and insight through the use of action, opening the door to one's own creativity and spontaneity.
Recent neuroscience has paved the way for psychodrama by revealing how emotions are stored in the body and non-verbal parts of the brain. In the MIND-BODY CONNECTION, psychodrama offers a natural gateway to the body's non-verbal memory, allowing the person to create, experience, and "put words on" prior event which may have held him/her captive. The once-painful experience is felt, healed, and integrated (left and right brain) and leaves a person feeling restored and strengthened.
Leading-edge addiction centers and wellness clinics are using psychodrama for its profound therapeutic value and its ability to create new experience. The power of psychodrama has spread to trial law, teaching environments, business coaching, non-violent teaching, and tragedy-torn communities (see Nepal's Dynamic Theatre) where significant healing is needed.
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Sociometry is an "equal partner" in psychodrama, since it involves group-building and measuring interpersonal connections. People trained in sociometric methods pay special attention to the sub-groupings, networks, feelings of belonging and isolation that can happen in groups and have a variety of interventions to continually deepen connections and feelings of safety among members.
The field of sociometry began with J. L. Moreno, MD, in 1914 as a result of helping resolve medical and emotional crises of Italian refugees settling in Mittendorf, Austria. Dr. Moreno observed the crucial significance of one's social world and its impact on physical and emotional health. The next seventy years of his life were devoted to establishing the field of sociometry within social psychology and psychiatry. He was considered the leading social scientist of his time and the primary proponent of 'group psychotherapy'.
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"A truly therapeutic procedure cannot have less an objective than the whole of mankind"
Social neuroscience is now confirming Dr. Moreno's early pioneering work in sociometry, chiefly that an individual's social network ("social atom") has a profound impact on his or her sense of inner strength, physical health, and sense of belonging in the world.
The rapidly-growing field of Interpersonal Neurobioogy points to growing evidence that empathic, attuned relationships have the ability to heal damaged parts of the self; effect brain growth("neuroplasticity"), enhance immune function, and effect overall well-being.