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psychodrama

 [si″ko-drah´mah]
a form of group psychotherapy in which patients dramatize their own or assigned life situations in order to achieve insight into personalities, relationships, conflicts, and emotional problems, and to alter faulty behavior patterns.

psy·cho·dra·ma

(sī'kō-drah'mā),
A method of psychotherapy in which patients act out their personal problems by spontaneously enacting without rehearsal diagnostically specific roles in dramatic performances put on before their patient peers.

psychodrama

(sī′kə-drä′mə, -drăm′ə)
n.
1. 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.
2. A dramatization in which this technique is employed.

psy′cho·dra·mat′ic (-drə-măt′ĭk) adj.
psy′cho·dram′a·tist (-drăm′ə-tĭst, -drä′mə-) n.

psychodrama

A technique developed by JL Moreno (1892–1974), which arose from his observation that people tend to play markedly different roles in their public and private lives.

Psychodrama techniques 
• Mirroring—A person’s behaviour is imitated by a “double”, so that the actor expresses the emotion which the person feels, but has been unable or unwilling to release.
• Role reversal—One person plays another’s role.
• Soliloquy—The actors describe feelings in connection with traumatic life events.

psy·cho·dra·ma

(sī'kō-drah'mă)
A method of psychotherapy in which patients act out their personal problems by spontaneously enacting without rehearsal diagnostically specific roles in dramatic performances put on before their patient peers.

psychodrama

A technique in PSYCHOTHERAPY in which the subject acts out relevant incidents or adopts particular roles, so allowing the expression of troublesome emotions or the contemplation of deep conflicts.
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