Adam Blatner

Words and Images from the Mind of Adam Blatner

I Get to Help

Originally posted on September 30, 2014

I am blessed because I have some sense of what I can do to help, what might be my own contribution: I have discovered ways to amplify our creative potential. Others have preceded me, it must be acknowledged (such as J. L. Moreno), and others as saying something like this, but no others that I know of are talking about the broad applications of developing creatively collaborative group processes, synthesized with improvisational enactments, and fueled by imagination-utilizing techniques.

This synthesis has many aspects:
We use role dynamics as a user-friendly language for psycho-social development. Based on social role theory, role dynamics is a systematic way of applying these ideas.
Apply also sociometry (the method) and other ways of heightening the awareness of interpersonal and group dynamics—a field that’s full of scores if not hundreds of sub-dynamics.
Promote the art of group leadership that draws on social-depth-psychology principles, helping people to choose their teammates rather than having to work in groups that are assigned by superiors on some arbitrary criterion.
Promote the application of improvised drama and psychodramatic techniques in many areas beyond psychotherapy.
Promote imagination development, various ways of helping redeem their faith in themselves to dare to imagine, practice that skill. It’s one of the components of creativity.
Support the theoretical basis of all this.
Support group activities that involve dancing, singing, doing art together, warm-up or spontaneity drama games, and so forth—activities that allow for mistakes and group support for doing it better.
Practicing “cheerful-ing” whether the feeling is there to begin with or not. It’ll get there.
… etc.

Of course I do lots of other stuff that is also good stuff, more or less: I keep myself going and support my beautiful, intelligent wife; we make a home, maintain our lives. I am kind and friendly to family and friends. I dance and sing and teach and do other stuff. Indeed, that may be more what I’m remembered for, but I myself think the aforementioned list is my core way of helping the BE be born.

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