Deadly Therapy: Lessons in Liveliness from Theater and Performance Theory

Deadly Therapy: Lessons in Liveliness from Theater and Performance Theory

by Michael Karson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765704455

ISBN-13: 9780765704450

Pub. Date: 05/29/2008

Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.

Therapists have a lot to learn from theater professionals about helping people narrate important conflicts, understand uplifting ideas, and engage in illuminating interactions. Analysis of theater has also produced Goffman's dramaturgical vision of reality, in which people are beset with performance problems including defining situations, forming teams, casting

Overview

Therapists have a lot to learn from theater professionals about helping people narrate important conflicts, understand uplifting ideas, and engage in illuminating interactions. Analysis of theater has also produced Goffman's dramaturgical vision of reality, in which people are beset with performance problems including defining situations, forming teams, casting roles, and managing discrediting information. A dramaturgical understanding of psychotherapy is articulated in this book, with a focus on living up to situational norms intrinsic to therapy and managing performance failures associated with the roles of therapist and patient. Norms derive from rules and categories—in society and in therapy—that help people know how to behave, but which also produce self-serving hegemonies of privilege and power, even in therapy. Performance theory—encompassing audience engagement, dramaturgy, gender studies, power and privilege dynamics, critical thinking, and multiculturalism—is used to investigate the "party lines" that get established in therapy and supervision, and to suggest ways to temper the deadening effects of rules and categories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765704450
Publisher:
Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date:
05/29/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Lessons from Deadly Theater Chapter 2 Lessons from Performance Theory Chapter 3 What Am I Doing to Irma? Chapter 4 Status Games Chapter 5 Gender Is Something We Do, Not Something We Are Chapter 6 Deadly Multiculturalism Chapter 7 Therapeutic Privilege Chapter 8 Is Science Just Another Party Line? Chapter 9 Critical Thinking About Critical Thinking Chapter 10 Applying Theory to the Therapy (and Not Just to the Patient’s Life) Chapter 11 Deadly Supervision Chapter 12 Fourteen Things We Can Do to Make Our Therapies Livelier Chapter 13 References Chapter 14 Index

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