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Volume 14 Issue 2 Special Issue: Technology

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A Note From the Guest Editors; Todd Essig and Gillian Isaacs Russell: Comparison of In-Person and Screen-Based Analysis Using Communication Models: A First Step Toward the Psychoanalysis of Telecommunications and Its Noise; Sheryl Brahnam: The Poetic Timestamp of Digital Erotic Objects; Stephen Hartman: Neurotic Treatment Resistance in Screen-or Phone-Based Analysis; Stephanie Swales: Now I See You, Now I Don’t: Screen Services, Short Stature, and the Fear of Being Seen; Tom Wooldridge: How Technologically Mediated Interaction Risks Collapsing a Reflective Space in the Workplace: An Organizational Leadership Case Study; Byron Woollen: Left to Our Own Devices; Leora Trub and Danielle Magaldi: Afterword: Reclaiming Psychoanalysis: Sherry Turkle in Conversation With the Editors; Sherry Turkle, Todd Essig and Gillian Isaacs Russell

Guest editors Todd Essig, PhD and Gillian Isaacs Russell, PhD describe their rationale for focusing on the question of what makes a screen relations based treatment different from an in-person treatment experience. In this paper Sheryl Brahnam, PhD offers a series of communication models that visually lay out key aspects involved in both in-person and mediated psychoanalytic communication. Stephen Hartmann, PhD takes the position that screen relations in general, most especially erotic ones, and online psychotherapies in particular get short shrift when dismissed as pale simulations of in-person experience rather than being considered on their own terms. Author Stephanie Swales, PhD considers how treatment resistance in technology-mediated work with obsessional neurotic patients can differ from that of in-person sessions. Tom Wooldridge, PhD presents the case of an 11-year old boy of short stature, or dwarfism, for whom screen relations-based sessions were used as an adjunct to face-to-face psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Wooldridge argues that the introduction of screen relations provided the patient with a temporary respite from the narcissistic pain of being seen. Author Byron Woollen, PhD demonstrates the importance of maintaining a reflective space (Winnicott) for collaboration. In this paper, Leora Trub PhD and Danielle Magaldi, PhD consider the challenges and opportunities presented by computer-mediated treatments made possible by emerging technoculture. In conversation with editors Todd Essig, PhD and Gillian Isaacs Russell, PhD, Sherry Turkle, PhD discusses the challenges and opportunities facing psychoanalysts today. Whatever the practicalities of remote treatment, psychoanalysis needs to embrace and understand more deeply the intimate conversational exchange that can only take place when people are bodies together.


Book Review: Desiring the Known, Unknown, and Unknowable

IThis is a book that reaches toward the most difficult aspects of our work. Galit Atlas seeks the negative, what is not said, the pauses and breathes between words in order to bring forward the neglected parts of multimodal communications between mother-infant, lovers and patient-analyst.


Creative Literary Arts: Chance Encounter

In this issue are three very short stories about unexpected encounters in a restaurant, a hotel lobby, and a pub. Underneath all three of these stories lies the power of the unknown, reminding us how chance encounters can profoundly alter the very experience of living our lives.


Private Lives

Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Nina Cerfolio beautifully describes in “My Mystical Encounters with a Wild Gray Whale,” her extraordinary encounter with one of these majestic beings.


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