Psychoanalysis in the Technoculture Era

Edited by Alessandra Lemma, Luigi Caparrotta

© 2014 – Routledge

138 pages

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About the Book

Alessandra Lemma - Winner of the Levy-Goldfarb Award for Child Psychoanalysis!

By now the internet and other forms of virtual communication have been in place for at least twenty years. However, surprisingly little has been written about the use of new technologies in the psychoanalytical literature. As such, Psychoanalysis in the Technoculture Era is a timely exposition on the subject of both virtual and analytic space.

Bringing together the work of several psychoanalysts, the Editors Alessandra Lemma and Luigi Caparrotta illustrate how new technologies have become an integral part of our everyday lives and how they have silently and subtly permeated the psychoanalytic setting. The contributors explore how new technologies have affected psychoanalytic practice and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of its use.

Psychoanalysis in the Technoculture Era unravels some of the meanings of virtual world terms, and opens this field to greater scrutiny, stimulating and promoting discussion about new technologies in psychoanalytic practice. This book will be of interest to the psychoanalytic community including psychotherapy professionals, psychoanalysts, post graduate, graduate and undergraduate students.


"This book launches the first serious discussion of clinical psychoanalysis in a global community that now uses advanced forms of communication that necessarily alter some aspects of practice when analysts conduct an analysis in cyberspace. The authors have differing views, concentrate on separate aspects of this challenge, and this important text will serve as the embarkation point for a debate that will continue for a very long time." - Christopher Bollas, PhD, is a psychoanalyst practising in London

Table of Contents

Caparrotta, Lemma, Introduction. Sabbadini, New Technologies and the Psychoanalytic Setting. Gabbard, Cyberpassion: E-rotic transference and the Internet. Savege Scharff, Clinical Issues in Analyses over the Telephone and the Internet. Guignard, Psychic Development in a Virtual World. Lemma, An Order of Pure Decision: Growing up in a Virtual World and the Adolescent’s Experience of the Body. Bonaminio, "A Perfect World" and Its Imperfections: Psychoanalytic Clinical Notes on Adolescence and Virtual Reality. Wood, Internet Offenders from a Sense of Guilt.

About the Editors

Alessandra Lemma is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society, Visiting Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London, and Visiting Professor of Psychological Therapies at Essex University. She is the Director of the Psychological Therapies Development Unit at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and an Adult Psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic.

Luigi Caparrotta is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy and a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He works in the NHS for Camden and Islington Foundation Trust and in private practice.

About the Series

New Library of Psychoanalysis 'Beyond the Couch' series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis Series aims to promote a widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis by supporting interdisciplinary dialogues with those working in the social sciences, the arts, medicine, psychology, psychotherapy, philosophy and with the general book reading public. The Beyond the Couch Series creates a forum dedicated to demonstrating this wider application of psychoanalytic ideas. These books written primarily by psychoanalysts, specifically address the important contribution of psychoanalysis to contemporary intellectual, social and scientific debate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General