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Audiences with Authors: Screen Relations: The Limits of Computer-Mediated P...
Sat 23 January 2016, 11:00 – 12:30 GMT
Gillian Isaacs Russell will present her book ''Screen Relations: The Limits of Computer-Mediated Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy''
Coffee from 10.30am, Refreshments from 12.30pm
As we turn towards technology to mediate all types of relational connection many psychotherapists are enthusiastically embracing computer-mediated treatment. Ironically, this land rush towards “screen relations” based treatment comes at the very time when leading researchers on how technology shapes relationships are voicing serious concerns about the damage technological mediation does to both intimate connection and reflective solitude.
Do therapeutic couples need the traditional experience of presence and not just technologically simulated presence to deepen psychoanalytic process? 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?
Gillian Isaacs Russell will explore this question through the lens of informatics, neuroscience, infant development, and psychoanalysis. In view of the current state of communication technology and the fact that we have evolved to relate as bodies together, it will be argued that we need to experience presence in a shared environment to “keep it real".
Gillian Isaacs Russell, PhD. is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council and has been in private practice since 1988. She has been on the Editorial Board and Book Review Editor of the British Journal of Psychotherapy. Dr Isaacs Russell consults, supervises, lectures and teaches internationally. She currently lives with her family in Colorado.