Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era

Editor : Linda Cundy

Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era

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‘Does the Internet damage our capacity to be intimate, or does it allow us to forge richer and broader attachments? Should therapists encourage the use of the telephone and Skype, or might such technologies destroy our ability to develop rich clinical encounters? Does a clinician ever have the right to Google a patient, or does this represent a contamination of the psychotherapeutic situation? And, above all, can love really flourish in the age of the Internet, or have our friendships become reduced to quick texts and e-mail exchanges? In this highly riveting new work, Linda Cundy and her colleagues explore these and many other vital questions of modern life with great psychological sensitivity and impressive intellectual dexterity. Rarely have I read such an engaging, thought-provoking, and well-written book; and I offer my congratulations to the authors for having produced a text that deserves to become essential reading not only for mental health professionals, but also for anyone who wishes to understand the challenges of intimacy more fully.’
—Professor Brett Kahr, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London; Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Arts at the University of Roehampton; Trustee of the Freud Museum; and author of Sex and the Psyche

‘This is a timely and thoughtful exploration of how the digital revolution may be affecting our relationships and felt security as individuals and as a community, for better and for worse. Written accessibly, almost conversationally, the contributors consider the effects on brain activity and couple relationships of the hyper-stimulation generated by internet pornography, the impact of electronic communication and social media sites on how we form and maintain relationships, and the possibilities and pitfalls facing psychotherapists as they consider whether and how to engage with the virtual realities of an increasingly sophisticated technological world. Raising challenging questions, and offering some helpful advice, this book is an important addition to the as yet sparse library on the implications of the Internet for psychotherapeutic practice and love relationships generally.’
—Christopher Clulow, PhD, Senior Fellow, the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, London

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