What is it about?

The techno-optimism of the 1990s and early 2000s has been replaced by a widespread fear about the role of technology in our daily lives. Technology’s shadow, from surveillance to disinformation, is becoming more conscious in the collective. How did we get here? This article articulates some psychodynamics of technological development, from writing through the Internet to understand technology’s shadow and our technological unconscious.

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Why is it important?

Technology is an important part of our daily lives. But what have been its psychological impacts and how has it reflected our psychology historically? This article uses depth psychology to examine historical technological development to better understand the relationship between technology, the psyche, and ourselves.

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This page is a summary of: Psychodynamics of the Technological Unconscious, International Journal of Jungian Studies, October 2020, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/19409060-bja10008.
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