The Social Atom
The Healing Room at Heartspace
Module Eleven - 30 minutes
The Social Atom
The Social Atom was developed by J.L. Moreno who formulated a form of psychotherapy called psychodrama, which employed improvised dramatization, role-plays and other therapeutic, spontaneous expressions in healing.
The social atom is a graphic representation of the significant people in our life that shows their relative importance and the psychological/emotional distance we feel from each of them.
Make one with your name on it or "ME." Place yourself in the center of the south wall by sticking the Post-It there.
Then make a different note for each of the important people, groups, or animals in your life. People who have had an impact on you positive or negative. People in the past and present, alive or dead. As you make a Post-It for each person, group or animal, place it on the wall spaced according to how close you feel to them psychologically/emotionally.
As you place more Post-Its you can adjust the relative distances as you see fit.
When you are finished, take a picture with your phone. You can also draw a picture of this and use triangles for males, circles for females and squares for groups.
Some examples of social atoms:
Adding Parts to the Social Atom
Mark a Post-It for each part having a response to each person or group. There may be a single part that responds to multiple people. If so, you can make multiple representations of that part so that it can be placed near each person it responds to.
You could even start a second social atom on another wall starting with a specific part as the center with all the people and groups arranged according to the same principles used above. Notice that you could do this for many different parts and each atom may be very different for the different parts.
This can be a useful way of understanding the role your parts play in relationships.
Journal About What You Discover
You may also want to bring along your own private journal for this purpose.
Take Your Time
For example if you get most of the way through Module One in your first scheduled hour, You can review Module One the second time and leave out a few things, allowing time for the part you didn't get to. Or you could just start out by finishing Module One, and then go on to do a 30 minute module during your hour.
Providing feedback in the private Facebook group will help us make modifications in estimated time, and improve the overall experience of using The Healing Room.
Alternating Bilateral Stimulation
Having the ABS playing at a volume loud enough to hear it, but low enough that it seems to fade into the background while you learn these skills, is optimal.