I was asked by my therapist to try to describe psychodrama for some who are about to embark on this experience for the first time. It was a new experience for me 2 years ago and I obtained significant benefit from it. I thought I would attempt to reflect on the process that was both esoteric and exhilarating.
You can be told many things about psychodrama. I’m sure you could read about the experience, you could probably watch a video or even speak with others, but in reality, psychodrama can only be appreciated by the experience. In fact, if one is willing to let go and “trust the process” (as they say), I would venture to guess the entire human population would benefit from this interaction.
Perhaps I could best describe psychodrama by telling you what it is not. It’s not humiliating, boastful, or degrading. You are never forced to do or say anything you can’t or don’t want to. You are never touched physically without first being asked permission. You are told in the first 30 minute of warm-up that “No.” is a complete sentence! The psychodrama experience takes place in a totally safe place, both physically and emotionally.
If you have been invited to psychodrama, you have been given a gift (in my opinion). This is an opportunity to open new chapters of self-discovery not only about yourself but to a greater extent, those that you interact with. Some may call this mindfulness, empathy, or self-knowing. Whichever you choose, realize this – after participating in the group process, you will be a different and more insightful individual, better informed to help you deal with those who have harmed you in the past, or will harm or hurt you in the future, either innocently or on purpose.
Good Luck, Bon Voyage
E.K. February 4, 2007