Increased worldwide mobility and easy access to technology means that the use of technological mediation for treatment is being adopted rapidly and uncritically by psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists. Despite claims of functional equivalence between mediated and co-present treatments, there is scant research evidence to advance these assertions. Can an effective therapeutic process occur without physical co-presence? What happens to screen-bound treatment when, as a patient said, there is no potential to "kiss or kick?" Our most intimate relationships, including that of analyst and patient, rely on a significant implicit non-verbal component carrying equal or possibly more weight than the explicit verbal component. How is this finely-nuanced interchange affected by technologically-mediated communication? This book draws on the fields of neuroscience, communication studies, infant observation, cognitive science and human/computer interaction to explore these questions. It finds common ground where these disparate disciplines intersect with psychoanalysis in their definitions of a sense of presence, upon which the sense of self and the experience of the other depends.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR SERIES EDITOR'S PREFACE FOREWORD by Todd Essig INTRODUCTION PART I ON THE FRONTIERS CHAPTER ONE The western frontier CHAPTER TWO Exploring the speculative non-fiction digital frontier CHAPTER THREE Mapping the digital frontier PART II IN THE CONSULTING ROOM AND THE RESEARCH LABORATORY CHAPTER FOUR What happens in the consulting room CHAPTER FIVE From the first laboratory: neuroscience connections CHAPTER SIX From the second laboratory: technologically mediated communicationPART III ON THE SCREEN CHAPTER SEVEN The mediating device CHAPTER EIGHT The problem of presence PART IV MAKING A PLACE FOR SCREEN RELATIONS CHAPTER NINE Sometimes it works . . . CHAPTER TEN The elephant in the room CHAPTER ELEVEN The toothpaste and the tube CHAPTER TWELVE To be in the presence of someone REFERENCES INDEX