Psychoanalysis, Identity, and the Internet (häftad)
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This book is comprehensive and profound, concrete and symbolic, a Herculean integration of the technical and the psychoanalytic. It explains technology and definitions of cyberspace, virtual reality, and social media, and presents the view that technology is a destructive force in psychoanalysis.
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'I think that it would be a failure for psychoanalysis to deny, ignore or avoid the huge change that the internet has brought about in our lives today. This book acknowledges and explores this major topic, opening up a thoughtful and stimulating debate, and I consider this a remarkable contribution for the psychoanalytic community.'-- Stefano Bolognini, training and supervising analyst, and President of the International Psychoanalytical Association'This book is a profound meditation on the virtual complexes of our modern world, allowing a freedom to imagine beyond the narrow discourse of Skype technique and training.'--Dr Jonathan Sklar, training analyst, British Psychoanalytical Society'In this book a number of psychoanalysts respond to the challenge that internet users - their patients - are asking them to take. It is not only about having sessions on Skype, a challenge to the setting, but also about engaging with what their patients follow on the internet, be it pornography, war games, or other material. Solidly anchored in theory, the authors venture into the material, finding through it a golden road to their patients' unconscious phantasy. A timely book.'--Alessandra Cavalli, child and adult analyst'Andrea Marzi's excellent volume provides a much-needed and timely bridge between psychoanalysis and today's internet technology. Psychoanalysts are challenged to consider the impact of these technologies on personality development, psychopathology, interpersonal relationships and clinical practice. Although the internet has great potential for expanded relatedness, it also has deleterious effects, including seriously limiting personal relationships. This book is a must-read for psychoanalysts, and in fact all healthcare professionals and those interested in the interconnection of mind/brain and expanding modes of communications.'--Mary Kay O'Neil, supervising and training analyst, Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis'Andrea Marzi and his co-authors have taken a daunting subject and made it not only understandable, but also clinically useful, especially for those of us who did not grow up with the concepts of cyberspace, digital technology, and virtual reality. They have ingeniously and courageously shown that these concepts are no different analytically from the technical concepts of earlier ages, such as "the influencing machine", radio waves, and TV transmissions. They make it clear that digital technology, like the earlier ones, can also be used for defensive and narcissistic purposes, to create a virtual world of "imaginary" relationships that are the proper focus of treatment and transference in this "modern" age.'--Robert L. Pyles, Past President of the American Psychoanalytic Association

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Andrea Marzi is a psychiatrist and analyst. He obtained his PhD in Medical Ethics and is a former Professor of Developmental Psychology. He is also a Full Member of the SPI (Italian Psychoanalytic Association) and the IPA (International Psychoanalytical Association). Dr Marzi currently lives and works in Siena, where he has taught in various schools of specialisation in the Faculty of Medicine, and is the author of numerous books and articles.


Series Editor's Preface -- FOREWORD -- Introduction -- Cyberspace, Cybernetics, and Society -- Cyberspace: the metaphor of metaphors -- From Prometheus to Big Brother: a prosthetic god, truly magnificent -- Exploring the subtle mental boundary between the real and the virtual -- Identity in Cyberspace -- Identity work in the time of cyberspace -- Cyberghosts from the depths -- Virtual Space and Clinical Psychoanalysis -- "Lorenzo": psychotic addiction to video games -- "On my days off, I'm an elf": psychic pain and resolution in cyberspace -- Epistemophily-epistemopathy: use of the internet between normality and disease