Let's begin with the Observer role. Whenever we are looking at whatever we are looking at, we are in the Observer role. Obvious, right? Well, yes, on the surface, but perhaps more complex than we ordinarily think about it.
I don't know much about birds. If I got up early one morning and joined in a bird watching adventure with a group of dedicated bird watchers it is clear that what I observed would hardly be anywhere near what they saw. Their focus would be trained, and over time rewarded with exciting discoveries that I could hardly imagine.
And if one of their observers was neither a doctor nor a scientist, chances are that our ability to observe what a microscope might reveal would be equally inept compared to the biologist studying what we were trying to see and understand.
The same would be true if I sat next to a film critic at a movie, or a choreographer at a dance performance.
We need to learn something real about the subject we are observing. We need to learn how to observe it; how to make sense out of what we are seeing.
With that in mind, we can begin to think about what the members of a psychodrama group are learning to see. And what the director is looking for as the action proceeds.
Reflection is an interesting word. I have on my I-phone a dictionary app that I refer to as I read and write. I just did that for "reflection"and it offers an interesting number of different definitions as they apply to different situations and different intents.
For my purposes, I want us to think about a mirror that shows us more than the visual feedback we see each morning. I want the mirror to show us our feeling and thinking processes as we encounter those daily situations that produce our pain and confusion.
That mirror is found on the psychodrama stage.
(The next blog will take us on stage).