Words and Images from the Mind of Adam Blatner
My “Third Age”
Originally posted on December 26, 2016
In some ways it’s a denouemont; in some ways a penultimate performance. Priorities: Hang out with Allee, care for and be cared for by my daughter’s family; get to know the new community of San Luis Obispo, along Hightway 101, near the coast, half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s a return to California after about 34 years. I”m retiring and moving there. My mother-in-law is moving with us! She’ll be in a retirement complex comparable to where she is now, and we’ll be in a double-wide trailer, it looks like, equidistant from downtown and my daughter’s.
Vocationally, I’m looking forward to teaching again, finding some gigs that are comparable to the Senior University that I helped start up in Georgetown.
About psychodrama—I’m fading a bit. I want to promote the use of play and action explorations for normal people, beyond the sick role. I respect those who are applying it for therapy, but my interest is more general and builds on the healthy parts of people. Call it "creativity enhance-ment" a value and goal for many adults who like the idea. Moreno and other pioneers of improvisation in the theatre gave use many tools and concepts for doing that, along with many other creative people
Also, I hope to promote relations among related fields. Of course there is drama therapy, but there are others. Applied Improvisation applies creative inspiration in business and organizations. Moreno attempted this a generation or two ago but it didn’t take. Psychodrama’s name was too "psycho" and implied individual neurosis. Of course there is Socio- but that word suggests academic something. The point is that I want to encourage cross-disciplinary ventures.
I’m getting older and beginning to fade. My special interest involve the applications of psycho-dramatic methods in people with fairly good ego strength. I’ve found that (1) most people—or at least 50%—don’t want psychotherapy or any kind of mind expansion; (2) of those left, many are open to change but it needs to be graded according to their understanding and capacity for creativity. Many people have no sense of what mind expansion is about, and have no appreciation that creativity is needed or desirable. My goal is to soften them up for follow up, so they become more receptive, then eager.
For psychodrama, I’m distributing my considerable library around, in hopes that it will be scanned-on and distributed further. Translated into various languages, too. Enough for now.