psychodrama

[ sahy-koh-drah-muh, -dram-uh, sahy-koh-drah-muh, -dram-uh ]
/ ˌsaɪ koʊˈdrɑ mə, -ˈdræm ə, ˈsaɪ koʊˌdrɑ mə, -ˌdræm ə /

noun

a method of group psychotherapy in which participants take roles in improvisational dramatizations of emotionally charged situations.

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Origin of psychodrama

First recorded in 1935–40; psycho- + drama

OTHER WORDS FROM psychodrama

psy·cho·dra·mat·ic [sahy-koh-druh-mat-ik], /ˌsaɪ koʊ drəˈmæt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for psychodrama

psychodrama
/ (ˈsaɪkəʊˌdrɑːmə) /

noun

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 of psychodrama

psychodramatic (ˌsaɪkəʊdrəˈmætɪk), adjective
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Medical definitions for psychodrama

psychodrama
[ sī′kə-drämə ]

n.

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

Other words from psychodrama

psy′cho•dra•matic (-drə-mătĭk) adj.
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