In many psychotherapy techniques, I like Psychodrama the most. It is the technique that you can see things at the centre of the cyclone of emotions. It is the techniques for the state of mind. However, even if meditation is about the state of no-mind, they share the same following concepts.

It is just role-playing on stage, so is the world.

Psychodrama is one of the psychotherapy method, in which clients use spontaneous dramatization, role playing and dramatic self-presentation to investigate and gain insight into their lives. It is like this world where all people have positions and roles. However, due to ignorance, we are so identified ourselves to those roles as if we were born to be. That is how psychodrama and meditation share the same concept; to realise that we “are not” those assumed roles society given.

Your being has never been disturbed.

By closely recreating real-life situations, and acting them out in the present, every role we play has their own emotions. Thanks to Psychodrama, we can express our behaviours and emotions to evaluate our behaviours and more deeply understand a particular situation in our lives.  However, we realise that it is just the role playing. We don’t really have those emotions. In the other word, our emotions we express toward each other won’t affect our lives. Same to real life with the role doing in the society. Whenever you express your emotion, realise that you are not carried away with it. You are just the observer of your own emotion at the centre of your being. That is what meditation also could help you.

You become the master of responsibility

Coming to this point, you may know that you are not the one who has thought and emotion. That one could be your ego, your false substitution. It has never been you. Therefore, you can choose the emotion that you could response to people and emotions. Remember 10% of conflict comes from the different opinion. 90% comes from the tone of our voice. The role you play in Psychodrama is your ego. It helps you to create the space from it as same as meditation.

Whatever happen to you, remain undisturbed. That is the secret of Psychodrama and meditation . You just watch yourself moving with your thought. You will lose yourself when you act in the name of your own mind.

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Written by Jade the Mystic

The psychology and mindfulness writer helping you leverage your mind, understand life, reduce stress, relax and learn to heal your body and soul with meditation through life quotes, articles, books, speeches and advises.

9 comments

  1. A stereotypical bully might become more brutal because once he is viewed as such he is expected to act that way hence strengthening his own self-image as a bully.

    The same could be applied to the stereotypical “nerd” but isn’t there a risk that the ingrained belief that society causes people to become a certain way lead us towards a fatalistic mentality?

    I.e. All the things I do are due to society hence I cannot have the blame for my actions.

    Regardless of philosophical standpoint; psychodrama sounds like a great way to combat our ingrained belief that we could be none other than who we are today.

    Just a thought 🙂

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    1. To be honest, very thank you for the comment!

      I also considering about bully and nerd also. I would like to add that they share the same feeling of fear..fear of being abused. However, the bully will not allow themselves to be abused, so they abuse the people first.

      Isn’t there a risk that the ingrained belief that society causes people to become a certain way lead us towards a fatalistic mentality?

      I could say … yes, there is the risk. Therefore, we need to be aware of ourselves. We were not born to be the role society give us. Sadly, society gives us so much role that we were torn apart.

      Psychodrama is “one of the ways” to realise this fact. However, I still recommend meditation as the way that we can be beyond our mind (while psychodrama still plays with mind)

      What do you think? ; )

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  2. To be honest, I have never heard of psychodrama prior to reading your post but from what I gather it seems valid.

    Regarding meditation, I consider it to be an invaluable tool when faced with stress, anxiety, und so weiter.

    Society does have an impact but as we are both human beings we have several flaws and mental shortcuts that we use to explain the world around us.

    In effect: finding purpose, cause, or patterns where there is none.

    This isn’t implying that society doesn’t play a role for it does. However, several factors are at play such as genetic predisposition for certain types of behaviour, which is not to say that we are bound by it.

    Example: Heightened testosterone = more likely to be aggressive.

    I am no psychiatrist but if we, as a society, want to change we ought to simply make the teaching of basic logical fallacies and cognitive biases mandatory.

    For that to happen we need to wait until we become autocratic rulers of the entire world.

    Don’t hold your breath 😉

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    1. What a great thought of yours. I love our conversation. Lets go point by point.

      – Regarding meditation, I consider it to be an invaluable tool when faced with stress, anxiety, und so weiter.

      Exactly, because meditation is even not the tool! Meditation won’t help “if” the cause of the stress is not be understood! However, meditation could help you to keep the distance between yourself and the cause, so you could understand it and find the solution OR ….. it becomes so far from you that the problem doesn’t matter to you anymore (in the other word, you don’t need to understand it). ; )

      – Society does have an impact but as we are both human beings we have several flaws and mental shortcuts that we use to explain the world around us.

      If you could see, human beings keeps posting the mental image to each other and even themselves . (EGO) Just two persons confront each other…and there will be four people..

      who he thinks she is
      who he thinks he is
      who she thinks he is
      and who she thinks she is.

      Of course, we have more way to explain the world but meditation is the way to explain the inner world also. It is the science of inner being.

      – In effect: finding purpose, cause, or patterns where there is none.

      Exactly! Life is purposeless…nothing is worthwhile to be achieved. People keeps yelling that they have to achieve their dreams but they don’t know that once they achieve them, they will come up with the new one and never wake up.

      – Genetic predisposition for certain types of behaviour, which is not to say that we are bound by it.

      Another point I agree. To be brief, individual comes from both man and woman but society somehow restrict “him” and “her” as you mentioned.

      – I am no psychiatrist but if we, as a society, want to change we ought to simply make the teaching of basic logical fallacies and cognitive biases mandatory.

      Just tell you that we can be fully aware of our egos. Understand them and transcend them. Ego is the dysfunctional mind. Be alert in every moment of life so we can choose the way we can live: happiness or unhappiness. When individual is happy, society will happy “not vice versa”

      (so I don’t think we have to be autocratic rulers of the entire world. We don’t have to rule the world. Just awareness is enough : ))

      Don’t hold your breath.

      Um… it is the technique of the traditional meditation. sooner or later meditators have to keep breathing (but know every moment the air moves in and out of their noses). ; )

      I love talking with you indeed. ; )

      Jade the Mystic

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  3. -“OR ….. it becomes so far from you that the problem doesn’t matter to you anymore (in the other word, you don’t need to understand it).”-

    I hereby give you a mental high-five and agree with you greatly. Death of a loved one is a perfect example. The sorrow and the pain it causes is a coping mechanism and by accepting the fact that you don’t understand; you can move on.

    -“If you could see, human beings keeps posting the mental image to each other and even themselves . (EGO) Just two persons confront each other…and there will be four people..”

    It’s fascinating that I automatically draw the conclusion that what you stated is “obvious”. Many things are obvious but that does not necessarily mean that we apply that knowledge on a day-to-day basis to better ourselves.

    “Exactly! Life is purposeless…nothing is worthwhile to be achieved. People keeps yelling that they have to achieve their dreams but they don’t know that once they achieve them, they will come up with the new one and never wake up.”

    This is humanities greatest flaw and greatest strength. If our ancestors had simply accepted that fishing and hunting was their ultimate dream and they needed nothing more we would not be able to have this conversation right now.

    “Just tell you that we can be fully aware of our egos. Understand them and transcend them. Ego is the dysfunctional mind. Be alert in every moment of life so we can choose the way we can live: happiness or unhappiness. When individual is happy, society will happy “not vice versa”

    The issue with the concept of the ego is that it is somewhat abstract and hence makes it hard to grasp unless you truly wish to. I myself did not find it particularily interesting in school. What did fascinate me however is the following website, which is more concrete and could be taught to all, even those who have no interest in psychology or philosophy.

    https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for your attractive link.

      In my country (Thailand), there are many logical fallacies also.

      but although person delivered the truth,

      that truth will strengthen his ego anyway by making himself right.

      Thank you for the comment again.

      Have a great weekend. ; )

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  4. Always the same origin: We forget who we are. And through the processes we go in our life we start to remember – most of all when we are running throuhg a psychodrama and realize that there is something wrong with that picture.

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    1. You got the point. ; ) Whenever we can remember ourselves, we can detach any mental images people post to us. We could quit the mind game. Ego disappears and live with true nature.

      When we go through the life, of course, we “have to” forget ourselves due to the society. Only people who are aware of this fact will start to remember herself.

      Have a great weekend ; )

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