The Philosophy, Theory and Methods of J. L. Moreno
The Man Who Tried to Become God
By John Nolte
To Be Published December 1st 2013 by Routledge – 232 pages
Series: Explorations in Mental Health
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.
Chapter 1: Vienna and the Religion of Encounter Chapter 2: A Very Productive Young Man Chapter 3: The Words of the Father Chapter 4: Philosophy Chapter 5: The Canon of Spontaneity-Creativity Chapter 6: The Physics of Spontaneity-Creativity Chapter 7: Group Psychotherapy Chapter 8: Sociometry Chapter 9: Sociometric Theory Chapter 10: Psychodrama Chapter 11: Psychodrama Theory Chapter 12: Evaluation
John Nolte has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Washington University, and was trained in psychodrama by J.L. and Zerka Moreno. He is currently working as a training consultant and staff member of Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming.