Tele according to J.L. Moreno

New York University (2009, March 8). Scientists Identify Neural Circuitry Of First Impressions. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 10, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/0New York University (2009, March 8). Scientists Identify Neural Circuitry Of First Impressions. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 10, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com  /releases/2009/03/090308142247.htm3/090308142247.htm

I would like to think that the article referenced above (well done and certainly worth reading)  would  make  Moreno smile.  In the early 2oth century he used the word “tele” as in telephone and telescope (not yet television) to refer to the  mutual attraction “first meeting” experience each of us has had in social situations. The concept was further refined via his sociometric work. When team building with a group of strangers or almost strangers a Psychodrama Director might choose to put into play an “action sociometric”  by asking the group to choose who among them who they would pick to do a specific task. “Put your right hand on the shoulder of the person you would choose to back you up when you go to the boss to ask for a raise” might be one of the directions given the group. Clusters form, and lines, and sometimes one to one duos. But the choosing goes on; the explanations to each other go on, and all of it begins to build (or with an established group reveal) the informal structure of the group; its bone and muscle, its heart and brain. The Director would offer a series of such questions along with other instructions to help the members of the group recognize the variety of telec attractions that will guide their growth and development as a working group.

Almost a hundred years ago, before social psychology had a place in any university, or for that matter had begun to develop as a discipline worthy of study, J.L. Moreno was putting the mystery of mutual attraction into action.

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