A method of psychotherapy in which patients act out their personal problems by spontaneously enacting without rehearsal diagnostically specific roles in dramatic performances put on before their patient peers.

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psy·cho·dra·ma .sī-kō-'dräm-ə, -'dram-; 'sī-kō-.dräm-ə, -.dram- n an extemporized dramatization designed to afford catharsis and social relearning for one or more of the participants from whose life history the plot is abstracted
psy·cho·dra·mat·ic -kō-drə-'mat-ik adj

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a form of group psychotherapy in which individuals acquire insight into themselves by acting out situations from their past with other group members. See group therapy.

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psy·cho·dra·ma (siґko-drah″mə) a form of group psychotherapy in which patients dramatize their own or assigned life situations in order to achieve insight into personalities, relationships, conflicts, and emotional problems, and to alter faulty behavior patterns.

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