from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A psychotherapeutic technique in which people are assigned roles to be played spontaneously within a dramatic context devised by a therapist in order to understand the behavior of people with whom they have difficult interactions.
- n. A dramatization in which this technique is employed.
- n. An event, social interaction, or narrative that manifests psychological forces or problems: "In [Pierre, Melville] abruptly reinvents himself as a domestic novelist, proposing to write a psychodrama of family intimacy” ( Richard H. Brodhead).
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- n. A form of psychotherapy in which a patient acts a role in a context devised by a psychotherapist.
- n. A drama in this form.
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But to walk away from psychodrama is to abandon hope.
The thing about psychodrama is this: If you have a lot of conflict in your life, usually you want it there.
Sometimes, letting go of psychodrama is letting go of your need to be right.
One of the reasons I do usually avoid psychodrama is because I can hear a dissenting opinion and not quash it.
But sooner or later, you have to say, Man, my psychodrama is really taking my toll on my friend here - maybe I should cut him some slack and cry on somebody else's shoulder for awhile!
It’s been developed from doubling in psychodrama (see wikipedia) by Bernard Dufeu, and it’s not explained easily.
This particular psychodrama is about him feeling like he doesn’t have enough power, which usually means he either thinks I’ve stolen his away, or that I simply have too much and will imminently squash him like the insect he is.
I guarantee you the ARM is the biggest villain in this psychodrama, which is so not about Wall Street investment bankers taking a giant soaking and losing 90% of their wealth, leaving them with mere hundreds of millions, like poor Hank Paulson.
People sign-on on a loan at one rate and in a couple of years, the rate changes whether they can pay it or not. the ARM is the biggest villain in this psychodrama, which is so not about Wall Street and their billions. '
BERNSTEIN: Well, I think what we are seeing is another kind of wild Clintonian ride, another national psychodrama, which is about how much they want this.