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The Philosophy, Theory and Methods of J. L. Moreno

The Man Who Tried to Become God

By John Nolte

Routledge – 2014

Series: Explorations in Mental Health

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Description

J. L. Moreno, M.D., is recognized as the originator of sociometry and psychodrama, and was a prodigious creator of methods and theories of creativity, society, and human behavior. The methods and techniques he authored have been widely adopted; the theories and philosophy upon which the methods are founded have not, as they are frequently couched in language which is not easily understood. Moreno’s ideas about group psychotherapy have pretty well gotten lost, and what he considered his greatest contribution, sociometry, gets paid superficial attention by most psychodramatists . Group psychotherapy and psychodrama are both widely practiced but often based on non-Morenean theory, likely due to the inaccessibility of Moreno’s work.

This book outlines Moreno’s early years (his religious phase), the philosophy on which the foundation of his methods are based, and a description of the three major methods Moreno originated: psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy. It provides a more systematic presentation of Moreno’s work and presents his philosophy and theory clearer, more understandable manner.

Contents

Introduction Part I: The Religious Phase 1. The Man in the Green Cloak 2. Young Man of Many Parts 3. Role Reversal with God Part II: The Philosophy 4. Morenean Philosophy 5. Canon of Spontaneity–Creativity 6. The Physics of Spontaneity–Creativity Part III: The Morenean Methods 7. Group Psychotherapy 8. Sociometry, a New Model for Social Science 9. Sociometric Theory 10. Psychodrama and Sociodrama 11. Psychodramatic Theory 12. Appraising J.L. Moreno

Author Bio

John Nolte has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Washington University, and was trained in psychodrama by J.L. and Zerka Moreno. He served as Director of Training for the Moreno Institute after Moreno's death. He is currently working as a training consultant and staff member of Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming, USA.

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Description: By John Nolte. J. L. Moreno, M.D., is recognized as the originator of sociometry and psychodrama, and was a prodigious creator of methods and theories of creativity, society, and human behavior. The methods and techniques he authored have been widely adopted; the...
Categories: Psychotherapy, Group Therapy, Dramatherapy, Philosophy of Psychology, History of Psychology, Mental Health, Mental Health/Clinical Social Work