Impact of technology on mind and relationships
What is it about?
Alessandra Lemma marries a psychoanalytic perspective on mind and body in life and in treatment with a philosophical take on self and other in the information age. In Part 1 this book, she writes about the real body and the virtual body, sexual identity formation, and desire. In part 2 she writes about technology-mediated psychotherapy, gives great examples of digital transferences and analytic process, and concludes with five pointers on how to conduct mediated therapy responsibly. Another chapter focuses on the “digital transference” of patients who use technology to invade their analyst’s privacy and preference for neutrality, express hostility and longing, and defend against rejection.
Why is it important?
This book is important because it brings a well-informed, balanced perspective to the topic of technology and treatment for emotional and mental illness. It illustrates the provision of high quality psychotherapy or psychoanalysis when the boy of patient and the body of analyst are not together in the same room but it does not proselytize for the practice of distance analysis.
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