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THE TOOL OF PSYCHODRAMA FOR PLAINTIFF ATTORNEYS

THE TOOL OF PSYCHODRAMA FOR PLAINTIFF ATTORNEYS

More than twenty years ago I first taught at the Trial College College created by Gerry Spence and conducted in Wyoming. It was there that I met Dr. John Nolte from Connecticut. He was trained as a psychologist and became involved in the Mareno Institute where he was educated in psychodrama. John was the certified psychodrama conductor at the ranch and was extremely gifted in its use. The lawyer students were immediately introduced to psychodrama and personally experienced it as…

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UNDERSTANDING WHY JURORS WANT TO BLAME THE INJURED PLAINTIFF

UNDERSTANDING WHY JURORS WANT TO BLAME THE INJURED PLAINTIFF

Tom Wolfe, in his book The Right Stuff, described how military pilots reacted when a fellow pilot was killed during test flights. He wrote: “The other pilots shook their heads and said it was a damned shame, but he should have known better than to wait so long before lowering the flaps.” When another friend was killed after climbing and then diving straight into the bay, they said  “How could anybody fail to check his hose connections? And how could…

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THE POWER OF VISUALIZATION

THE POWER OF VISUALIZATION

In 1960 an American plastic surgeon wrote a book he titled Psycho Cybernetics. It was a long time bestseller and influenced over the following years many other motivational writers and others to follow his recommendations and teachings. The premise of the book was that in spite of his surgical improvements he found that even after successful cosmetic surgery patients did not always have a  new and improved picture of themselves. In spite of the correction of the cosmetic defect there  was no change of…

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