“Unity of Opposites”: Hope in Psychodrama Group Psychotherapy Based on the Jewish Hassidic Spiritual Approach
Psychodrama group therapy was created by a Jewish psychiatrist; Jacob Levi Moreno (1889-1925) who believed in creating a theatrical stage platform for the self to play itself out (Moreno, 1932). It is considered as the theory of a therapeutic culture (Artzi 1991). He claimed that psychodrama is an integration of body, mind and soul that can be played in every therapeutic session. In psychodrama group therapy, conflicts and contradictions are part of the inner-personal and interpersonal drama. Psychodramatic methods can be used in order to help the patients to discover the roots of one’s “drama of pain and loss” and drama of disappointment as authentic feelings, but also to present moments that can be part of the drama of hope”(Bracha Gidron, 2019). In order to generate integration between those approaches, a new quantitative study was carried out in Jerusalem between 2015-2019.
The research that I conducted in 2019 was demonstrated in 2020 Corona epidemic crisis in my practice. It demonstrates the ability to create Hope in group psychodrama psychotherapy by integrating between psychodynamic approach, and the Spiritual knowledge based on the Jewish Hassidic concept ; Carry Opposites and Unity of Opposites .One of the research’s results was a new model in group psychodrama psychotherapy that presents how can the new psychodramatic interventions contains transitions between Opposites by using creative and theatrical dialog between them.
This process effects my patients to manage destress in a creative methods during the Corona epidemic crissis. One of the side effects of the Corona epidemic is the lost of stability and emotional anchor that causes; anxiety, depression and regression . .By involving Psychodrama therapeutic new approach , the patients could help themselves and their families to regulate between extreme emotions, in a way that leads to more flexible ways to manage a dialectical distress, as well as creating new meaning to interpret and elaborate this crisis and expanding the space so hope can be revealed.