Witnessing our Attitude Towards the World Through Role Play: Being able to watch ourselves in performance
10:00am – 12:30pm (2.5hrs)
Perhaps one of Jacob Moreno’s deep desires was to help each of us find the advantages of ‘play’ in whatever we pursued. This was his way of wanting to rehabilitate those needing mental strength and networks which he called ‘roles’, which sometimes we take on with awareness and sometimes without. The more aware, he emphasized, we are of the roles we take on, the effectiveness in execution of the role would be better.
To be able to know the role we take on, act out, the impact we create on those who experience us in the role and our ability to make the roles we take on functional, requires that we ‘step’ out of the role even as we are involved in ‘acting’ or playing it out, watch ourselves from a distance and see the role in its full form.
This concept of being in role yet being able to objectively view it simultaneously was very widely practiced in Indian folklore, where characters in role, time and again paused to examine the roles they were playing and comprehend its impact on those they were in contact with. The Sanskrit (probably one of the oldest languages in the world) term for this is ‘Sakshi bhava’ which means, to have a witnessing attitude to the world, developed by practising awareness within oneself. Sakshi Bhava is a powerful meditative technique which also aids internal healing.
Over a two-and-half hour workshop each of us will have the opportunity to attempt such a process ‘of seeing ourselves from the outside’, helping us delve a little deeper into our being.
T.T. Srinath, PhD: I am a Personal Growth and Organisation Consultant and a qualified sensitivity trainer, qualified with the Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science, the Indian arm of NTL, USA. I have a Post-Graduate degree in Human Resource from Xavier Labour Relations Institute, and a Ph.D. in ‘Behaviour of the Small-Scale Entrepreneur’, from Anna University, Chennai, India. I am a Certificate holder in Sociodrama & Action Methods, issued by MPV / SAM Sociodrama & Action Methods Training and accredited by the British Psychodrama Association. I am a stage actor, a student of Gestalt, trained by the Northern Rivers Institute of Gestalt, Australia. Over the last 27 years I have worked with CEOs, Managers, Middle level Managers, Executives and front-line staff, numbering more than 32,000 individuals across India, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Middle East, and Indonesia, ranging from manufacturing & service industries, educational institutions, government departments, public sector and the NGO sector.