When was the last time you didn't have a conversation about social networking and the internet? Aaron Balick has pulled off something remarkable - his book is one of the best examples of the cultural application of therapy thinking that I have read. But he has also shown how the internet expands and disrupts the cosy assumptions of psychodynamics and psychotherapy. While it will no doubt be read by all sentient therapists, more importantly this should be a break-out book as well, clicking its way into the public conversation. --Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex
Social media has changed all of our lives. It's all too easy to pretend that it doesn't impact on our clinical practices and that we and the people we see are sequestered behind our consulting room doors. Not so. Social media has infiltrated our psyches demanding that we rethink issues of recognition, longing, connection, and dissociation. Aaron Balick does this magnificently, anticipating not only what psychotherapists would like to know and theorise, but also anyone else who is interested in the deeper psychological meanings of social networking and our society. Read it and reflect. --Susie Orbach, psychoanalyst and author of The Impossibility of Sex
About the Author
Dr Aaron Balick is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, supervisor and a media and social networking consultant working in London. Aaron is also an honorary lecturer at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex where he participates in the post-graduate MA and PhD programmes in psychoanalytic studies; he also lectures and runs workshops in a variety of psychotherapy trainings in the UK. As a founding and executive member of The Relational School UK, he works to develop and promote relational thinking in the UK and abroad. Dr. Balick writes for both academic and lay audiences having published several academic articles and book chapters while at the same time contributing a psychological angle on national press and radio; he has also written a self help book for children. Aaron is a media spokesperson for the UKCP and a regular contributor as the 'resident psychotherapist' on Radio One's phone-in show, The Surgery with Aled.