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[sahy-koh-drah-muh, -dram-uh, sahy-koh-drah-muh, -dram-uh] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈdrɑ mə, -ˈdræm ə, ˈsaɪ koʊˌdrɑ mə, -ˌdræm ə/
a method of group psychotherapy in which participants take roles in improvisational dramatizations of emotionally charged situations.
Compare sociodrama.
1935-40; psycho- + drama
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[sahy-koh-druh-mat-ik] /ˌsaɪ koʊ drəˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for psycho drama


(psychiatry) a form of group therapy in which individuals act out, before an audience, situations from their past
a film, television drama, etc, in which the psychological development of the characters is emphasized
Derived Forms
psychodramatic (ˌsaɪkəʊdrəˈmætɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for psycho drama



also psycho-drama, 1937 (in writing of U.S. psychiatrist Jacob L. Moreno (1889-1974)), from psycho- + drama. Related: Psychodramatic.

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psycho drama in Medicine

psychodrama psy·cho·dra·ma (sī'kə-drä'mə, -drām'ə)

  1. A psychotherapeutic and analytic technique in which people are assigned roles to be played spontaneously within a dramatic context devised by a therapist.

  2. A dramatization in which this technique is employed.

psy'cho·dra·mat'ic (-drə-māt'ĭk) adj.
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Encyclopedia Article for psycho drama


group psychotherapeutic technique in which patients more or less spontaneously dramatize their personal problems before an audience of fellow patients and therapists, some of whom may also participate in the dramatic production. A stage setting is generally used, and the chief therapist functions as director, encouraging participants to project as much as possible into their roles and occasionally modifying the parts of the players. The subject of the drama is usually some emotionally charged situation common to the group or from the patient-protagonist's life, enabling participants to gain some emotional release and control over anxiety provoked in similar situations as well as to learn new ways of responding in the future. Sometimes the therapist-director will have an auxiliary character switch roles with the protagonist, so that the patient may observe and react to himself as others see him. The dramatization is followed by discussion between players and audience.

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