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Drama therapy

The main difference between dramatherapy and the previous two more traditional forms of psychotherapy is that here the client does not just talk about his symptoms, but he lives them. Through scenario-specific conditions and theatrical plays and games, whether on an individual or a group level, the client gets with his whole body into other bodies-roles, which represent either alternative aspects of himself or aspects of the others themselves, and in case of a group, one is given the opportunity to interact with them live. (As becomes then evident, individual dramatherapy thus addresses itself mainly to people who want to live their problem with their body, but would not at this stage like to bring it in interaction with others).

Evidently, through dramatherapy one travels more via his body, not via his words. So at first glance, one could say that this form of psychotherapy is more suited for those who are better able to think through their body, and have a strong need to move, act and to expand themselves kinetically and physically, in order to explore their main areas of concern.

This does not mean that in a more traditional form of psychotherapy one does not employ role-playing games (role plays) with the therapist. The significant difference, however, between these two forms of therapy is that within the first one, one takes thought to precede action, (psychotherapy), while within the other, one takes action to precede thought (Drama).

In the first case we first think and then we act, whereas in the second, we act first and then think.

It would be rather superficial to rush into conclusions as to favour the one approach over the other, since both are two different philosophies of life. Perhaps the first one tends to be considered more civilized, making it clear that those who harbor a fondness for forms of psychotherapy such as dramatherapy find more wisdom in more primitive forms of pre-civilized thinking and perceiving. For the eternal return of such a thought, impregnated by the body of the greek ancient tragedy, fought Nietzsche during his lifetime.