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The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: Connected-up Instantaneous Culture and the Self (The Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture Series) [Paperback]

Aaron Balick
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18 Sep 2013 The Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture Series
Over the past decade, the very nature of the way we relate to each other has been utterly transformed by online social networking and the mobile technologies that enable unfettered access to it. Our very selves have been extended into the digital world in ways previously unimagined, offering us instantaneous relating to others over a variety of platforms like Facebook and Twitter. In The Psychodynamics of Social Networking, Aaron Balick draws on his experience as a psychotherapist and cultural theorist to interrogate the unconscious motivations behind our online social networking use, powerfully arguing that social media is not just a technology but is essentially human and deeply meaningful.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Karnac Books (18 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780490925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780490922
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, Aaron 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 BBC Radio 1.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 3 Oct 2013
By DrMel
Format:Paperback
Just finished this fantastic book - what an eye opener!
I bought it as thought would be helpful to my role as GP (who has never been brave enough to have online identity - look at me now: inspired to write amazon review for first time ever)
and educator (this book has already fuelled many heated debates with colleagues and trainees) BUT best of all this book is hugely useful personally to me as mother to teenager who exists more on line than off - I'm starting to understand the pressures and pitfalls of maintaining an on-line persona.
A balanced, informative, well crafted and enjoyable read. Massively useful resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tough read but an important book 24 Dec 2013
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While tough going in parts this book is essential reading for all those who are practicing talking based therapies in the 21st century. The ubiquity of technology, social networks and ICT based communication is of great import to the field of psychotherapy and a subject that is, in general, skirted around or, at worst, ignored - both in individual or group practice and in the academic field. I hope The Psychodynamics of Social Networks marks a pivotal moment in the field of psychotherapy, one where our conversations move from the 20th (or even the 19th) century and are placed in, and have full regard, for the reality of the connected world we all now live in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bold and trailblazing but not an easy read 11 May 2014
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This book is right on the money with its topic and I was, and remain, very pleased to have found it. It serves as a solid investigation of how social networking integrates into existing psychotherapeutic models. The references are frequent and useful, although with a reliance on quoting and an absence of research.

Some chapters are much better than others. In general the first half and the conclusion were very engaging with a definite low point in between. During the weaker points, the book becomes overly complicated and dry with too much emphasis on convoluted sentences and theories.

I'll be checking out for more books by Balick; while his accessiblity could improve a little, his thinking is way ahead and that's mighty impressive
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5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable resource for anyone interested in psychoanalysis and social media! 17 Mar 2014
By Michael B. Donner - Published on Amazon.com
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Aaron Balick has pulled off quite a feat. He has managed to make relational psychoanalysis accessible and interesting while simultaneously opening up an important conversation about social media. Without idealizing or rejecting either, he has provided a language and set of theoretical ideas to understand the rapid adoption of social media by locating it in the relational field. His introduction to the psychoanalytic concepts makes the book understandable and useful to a very large audience.
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