Technology, social media, and the self: addressing the psychological and emotional challenges and opportunities of today: Aaron Balick

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Date(s) - 25/11/2017
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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SAP London

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Technology, social media, and the self: addressing the psychological and emotional challenges and opportunities of today.

Aaron Balick

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 among others. While in many ways this is introduces a seemingly new paradigm of relating, these new tools still operate on the basis of the same psychological motivations that have always been present.

Drawing on findings from his book The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: connected-up instantaneous culture and the self, Aaron Balick will apply psychodynamic thinking to understanding today’s digital society from a digital-relational perspective. Broadly, this seminar and discussion will be an application of psychotherapeutic thinking to culture — a necessary angle on today’s digital world that is largely missing from social discourse.

Aaron Balick, PhD, is a psychotherapist, cultural theorist, and author of The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: connected-up instantaneous culture and the self. Aaron has a passion for taking psychological findings from the clinic and transforming them into useful concepts that can be applied to individuals, organisations and culture. He is an international speaker and writer for publications including Wired, The Huffington Post, and The Guardian. A regular contributor to BBC Radio 1, Children’s BBC, and BBC online, Aaron brings psychological and emotional insight to programming and online content. As director of Stillpoint Spaces London, he endeavours to bring depth psychology out of the clinic and into public consciousness.

Chair: Maggie McAlister

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