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The Downside of the Digital World in Treatment and in Learning

Intrigue, Insight, Inquiry: Through Today's Psychoanalytic Lens in Durham, NC, from March 28-31, 2019.


Valerie Frankfeldt, PhD, LCSW

Madelon Sprengnether, PhD

Frankfeldt examines how email and texts can create dilemmas in “The Downside of the Digital World in Treatment”. The difficulty of construing tone, affect, and underlying meaning lend themselves to distortion and misunderstanding. Issues that have arisen as a result of this technology will be illustrated and discussed. Sprengnether will elucidate “How Digital Forms of Communication Affect Learning.” Social media offer popular forms of communication among the young. How do these distant means of connection impact the formation of relationships, from casual to intimate? What goes missing in the absence of face-to-face encounter?