Psychodrama, Group Processes, and Dreams: Archetypal Images of Individuation

Psychodrama, Group Processes, and Dreams: Archetypal Images of Individuation

Psychodrama, Group Processes, and Dreams: Archetypal Images of Individuation

Psychodrama, Group Processes, and Dreams: Archetypal Images of Individuation

Synopsis

This is the result of years of analytical work with groups and individuals. It is unique in the field of therapeutic practice as it unites Jung's analytical psychology with Moreno's psychodrama.

Excerpt

When my daughter was small, she knocked on the door of our bedroom in the early morning. She looked amazed and pleased with herself. She said, querulously, 'Last night I went to sleep and I had all pictures in my head'. It was her first dream. It was her first awareness of her 'head' being able to create something beyond herself, the pictures in a dream. This ability to explore beyond oneself is the strength of the dream. Both Moreno and Jung thought that the goal of the dream is to take the dreamer inside the dream itself. One might ask why it is important to go inside the dream itself. Searching for the meaning of the dream, dreamt beyond the time and space that we know, enriches the time and space we cannot know but wish to. We can make guesses about our lives, but in our dreams we dare to seek answers. By going inside the dream we attempt to make sense of the questions and answers we seek. Sometimes we find their meaning.

When I was 23 years old, Moreno himself directed me in a psychodrama of my dream. I had met him before the dream enactment and was struck by his clarity and wisdom. The night before I began psychodrama training with Moreno and his wife, Zerka, I had to go to the Hamptons in upstate New York to connect with a ride by car to Beacon, New York, where the training began. The Hamptons was a kind of singles cattle market, with young people surveying the goods with an eye to forming relationships. I detested the experience, found it shallow and chose to go to bed early and to meet my car driver (who was enjoying herself on the dance floor as I had tried to do) the next day.

The next day, I took myself and my dream to the new training experience. Before I knew it, Moreno was directing me in the dream. I began by enacting the role I felt just before retiring, a single girl, not happy being perused by the local males. I then performed my role as a potential sleeper, brushing my teeth and getting into bed in preparation for my role as dreamer. I lay on the mattress on the psychodrama stage and was asked by Moreno to first see the dream in my mind as it occurred and then, with the help of the group, to enact it. It involved my family standing on chairs watching me, with a huge cardboard collar around my neck, being eaten by a group

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