The Influence of Words of the Father in J.L. Moreno's Theoretical Formulations of Group Psychology, Psychodrama and Sociometry

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Master of Arts (MA)

Committee or Advisor Chair

Glen Whitlock, Ph.D.

Committee Members

H. Donell Miller, Ph.D.

Dorothy Baldwin Satten, M.A., MFCC


psychology, transpersonal psychology, J.L. Moreno, group psychotherapy, psychodrama, sociometry


Psychology | Transpersonal Psychology


The choice of this thesis topic came about as a result of my effort to synthesize the ideas in J.L. Moreno's writings. Moreno was a creative, innovative psychiatrist, and a prolific writer. His approach was more nearly that of a scientist/experimenter than that of a theoretician. Thus his many journal articles are specific and fragmented. Reading his books and articles, I sensed the ideas and methods of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy formed a system, or a whole. As I struggled to put it together for myself, seeking to think his thoughts with him, I began to realize that religion was a profound determinent in his work. When, finally, I read Words of the Father, a work written in the midst of a mystical experience, I saw the ideas and assumptions that later informed the theories utilized in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. This meant that Moreno did assume a holistic approach and that the religious concepts were the foundation for his work.


Department: Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology

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