Psychodrama and the elaboration of violence in the feminine world

TitlePsychodrama and the elaboration of violence in the feminine world
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsPalermo M
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published12/2012
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011
KeywordsDeath-Regeneration, gender violence, Mother-Daughter

Thanks to the use of psychodrama, I have been able to help a woman
abused by an alcoholic mother.
The abuse involved physical violence, which left traces on her body, and also
“invisible” violence perpetrated through her mother’s indifference, coldness and
unwillingness to give her tenderness and have a loving relationship. All her past
experiences made her “see” a man’s love only when expressed in the form of
severity, strength and forced obedience. That is why she chose a tough, decided,
violent partner who subjected her to physical violence. Her idea of a “real man”
did not correspond to that of a gentle, quiet and respectful one. She did not know,
nor could understand, any other idea of love but the one she had experienced as a