Adam Blatner, M.D., T.E.P.

(August 26, 2002)

(This is a distillation of an email discussion in July, 2002 on the psychodrama listserve, "grouptalk.")

I think psychodrama is the "richest" of all fields in the greater field of psychotherapy, for the following reasons: Psychodrama is the only field that

              ... and I could probably think of more things. If it seems that I'm quite enthusiastic about this field, well, sure... it's a great box of tools, conceptually, philosophically, and practically...

Anne Bannister, in England, added: " more thing to it, based on what I have discovered in my recent doctoral research. The process of psychodrama is very similar to the process of attachment, being creative, embodied, and utilizing "the space between." (This reflects its deeper relationship with the dynamics and value of children's play, as applied to adults–and discussed in Adam's & Allee's book, The Art of Play.)

Rob Pramann, Ph.D., from Utah, adds: Moreno saw his development as not a scientific revolution but a spiritual revolution, I think his term was "religious," and he compared it to the beginning of Christianity.  Also, his famous reported quote to Freud, "You help people to analyze their dreams, I teach them how to dream again" (my paraphrase) is quite significant.  In it I see that psychodrama can help people focus on the future and be in touch with their potentials, hopes and dreams.

 Julia Howell in England added these points: I want to offer some additions to your inspiring list of positive & unique qualities about this creative way of working. (I'm aware that this list overlaps some with yours. Enjoyed doing it. Thanks. Julia) 

   Now, dear reader, if you'd like to add to this list or suggest changes, email me! I can revise this!