Psychoanalysis in the era of the internet

Nisos Publications

Psychoanalysis in the era of the internet
Virtual reality and the unconscious
D. Anastasopoulos, A. Zacharia (edit.)

 

PSYCHOANALYSIS IN THE ERA OF THE INTERNETThe electronic media and cyberspace have become part of the conscious and unconscious control of reality, while in essence we are moving away from it. The operation of the internet (Skype) in the analytical session sets a complex parameter. Contrary to the controlled parameters of a psychoanalytic session, problems of unknown aetiology and treatment can arise here, even in the most familiar and equipped user. A first investigation is made of the formation of this new analytical environment, with references to its effect on fundamental factors of the analytical session, such as transfer-counter-transfer, resistances, context, nonverbal communication, absence of physical presence, ethics. Excerpts from clinical literature provide examples of therapeutic interaction in online psychotherapeutic communication. The goal is not to curse or idealize, but to highlight what the use of modern technology can and cannot offer to psychoanalysis and under which conditions.

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Narcissism and mental phenomena in adolescence

Nisos Publications

Narcissism and mental phenomena in adolescence
D. Anastasopoulos, A. Zacharia, M. Matsouka

 

Narcissism and mental phenomena in adolescenceAdolescence, as an autonomous stage and not as a simple transition from childhood to adulthood, is synonymous with provocation and self-sacrifice, unbridled selfishness and altruism. Limits are tested, imagination and fantasies gallop, mental movements intensify. Everything that happens is new but always reminiscent of something else. The multiple rapid physical and mental changes caused by the advent of puberty, with the emergence of impulses and changes in body image, mobilize adaptive mechanisms of similar intensity (such as regression, strengthening narcissism) and archaic mechanisms. Some of these mechanisms operate at levels of intensity and extent that blur the boundaries between normal and abnormal. Thus, phenomena appear which, while considered psychotic, in the adolescent – contrary to the adult – do not necessarily establish psychopathology, let alone psychosis. What used to be called “normal madness” often refers to the enhancement of developmental narcissistic traits, which have special features and expression. A deeper understanding of these phenomena and their evaluation with the simultaneous consideration (in a psychosocial developmental environment, as well as personal history) of internal and external subjective experiences, will lead to the selection of the necessary therapeutic interventions. The evolution of psychoanalytic thinking in the study of both development and narcissistic pathologies, contributed to a fuller understanding and shaping of their treatment.

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Infant Observation (Greek Publication)

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Title: Infant Observation
Subtitle: The method of the psychoanalytic infant observation
Editor in Chief: Efi Lagiou- Lignos
Editors: Lida Anagnostaki, Maria Maragidi, Aimilia Mpartzoki, Maria Tselika, Sofia Hasilidi
Introduction: Andreas Giannakoulas
Publications: Kastaniotis Editions

In this book is presented, for the first time in Greece, the method of psychoanalytic observation of the infant and its multiple applications through theoretical texts and clinical examples.
This is the
method introduced by psychoanalyst Esther Bick in the training of child psychotherapists in 1948 and had a huge impact on the training of psychoanalysts and psychotherapists worldwide, as well as on psychoanalytic thinking and research. Systematic observation of the infant is a unique experiential experience of the development of primary relationships and the organization of the psyche, as it acquaints professionals who are going to undertake clinical work, with the unconscious aspects of behaviour and early ways of communication. (FROM THE PRESENTATION ON THE BACK OF THE BOOK).