Messages from worldwide psychodramatists


Guillermo Augusto Vilaseca


Dear colleagues,

I Graduated in Psychology in Buenos Aires University. Social Psychologist -
Psychodramatist - Ex President of the Psychodrama Argentine Society - SAP -
Representative of the International inter-institutional Relations SAP -
Member of the International Association of Group Psychotheraphy - AGP -
Member of the International Association for studies of Men - IASOM- Member
of the Stimulating Spontaneous Theater Group - GATE - Co-founder of the
Argentine Magazine of Psychodrama and Group Technics. Invited Professor in
the Psychology Buenos Aires University, Salvador, University and Montevideo
University - IPUR. Invited Professor in the Post-graduated Courses of:
Emergency Psychiatric Hospital, T. De Alvear; Bar-Ilam University,
Psychodrama Argentine Society; Center of Bioenergetic Studies; Center of
Group Researches, Theater Spontaneous School of Capivari - San Pablo - and
the Association of Psychodrama and Sociodrama - ABPS - San Paulo - Brazil.

I conduct researcher in
a) Trandisciplinary Device of Supervision;
b) Construction of man subjectivity from the genre perspective; Male
c) Approach to Crisis and Change Situations, Laboratories of recycled; and
d) Mechanism of individual and group practices with tennagers and adults in
their link framework.

I share with you my interest in psychodrama. I cannot talk English
correctly but I can read it. For this reason I am going to present myself
with excerpts from my article about "masculinity" translated into English.

"Men: a population at risk".

First published in the IASOM Newsletter Vol 5, 1 - May 1998 of The
International Association for Studies of Men.

What does it mean to be a man?

What is male potency?

Feeling male, like feeling potent, is not innate. It is an internalised
outcome that derives from cultural construction. To support this argument we
have to look at the different models of masculinity and potency that have
been produced throughout history and across cultures. We normally tend to
assume our social reality as natural and constant, but in fact it is
constantly reproduced by our activity and therefore it can also be
constantly changing.

In current times, to be male means to have knowledge, to possess, to be
powerful, to be important, to be proud and confident. All these
characteristics have the common quality of potency.

It is very common to hear men talking about the feeling of not being male
enough. Moreover, they feel as if they could always be even more male. As a
result, the male self esteem can be lost at any time, so it is permanently at
risk. Weakness and defeat are endlessly haunting them, creating a feeling
of failure as a macho figure. The resulting insecurity is then resolved
through arrogance and tendencies to impulsivity, diffidence, a diminishing
capacity for communication, or simply silence.

The male model as hero is then established as a mandate that is highly
difficult to accomplish on the one hand and also difficult to ignore on the
other hand.

This situation renders me to think of men as a "population at risk".

I believe that the most enriching and liberating conception for todays men,
is the one that confines potency as a "capacity to become".

I  send you warm regards and remain sincerely yours.


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Translators: Mara Iglesias, Diana Gloria Divasto, Carola Diamondstein,
Eduardo Gosende. If you like, I can send you the full article in Spanish.