Facebook and Psychodrama

From the perspective of this Psychodramatist, Facebook is the social manifestation and confirmation of Moreno’s essential message: we live our lives simultaneously as protagonists in our own life drama and as auxiliaries (supporting actors) in the life dramas of other people.

As soon as we recognize that reality we can begin to develop the roles that will help us be more effective in both situations. It seems to me impossible, if that is basic to my understanding, to be deliberately disrespectful of the life dramas going on around me. Differences become generators of curiosity rather than challenges to my sense of self. The task becomes, “how can I be an effective supporting actor for this person in my life, and in so doing, enrich the complexity of my own character development?”

Isn’t that what happens when we comment to and for each other on Facebook? We post a picture and our friends confirm our relevance to them with humorous phrases, some of which remind us of our long shared history. We keep up with each other’s lives, at least a little, even as we are too often consumed in the challenges that our own day presents to us.

Frankly, I need more time to let my internal workings ruminate and shape this idea, so I send it out to find safe haven in other minds.

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