The Drama of Everyday Life

November 28, 2020
The Drama of Everyday Life

Psychologists, says the old joke, know everything there is toknow about the college sophomore and the white rat. But what aboutthe rest of us, older than the former, bigger than the latter, withlives more labyrinthine than either? In this ambitious book, KarlE. Scheibe aims to take psychology out of its rut and bring it intocontact with the complex lives that most people quietly live.Drama, Scheibe reminds us, is no more confined to the theaterthan religion is to the church or education to the schoolroom.Accordingly, he brings to his reflection on psychology the drama ofliterature, poetry, philosophy, history, music, and theater. Theessence of drama is transformation: the transformation of thequotidian world into something that commands interest andstimulates conversation.It is this dramatic transformation that Scheibe seeks inpsychology as he pursues a series of suggestive questions, such as:Why is boredom the central motivational issue of our time? Why areeating and sex the biological foundations of all human dramas? Whyis indifference a natural condition, caring a dramatic achievement?Why is schizophrenia disappearing? Why does gambling have cosmicsignificance?Writing with elegance and passion, Scheibe asks us to take noteof the self-representation, performance, and scripts of the dramathat is our everyday life. In doing so, he challenges ourdispirited senses and awakens psychology to a new realm of dramaticpossibility.