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TitleChallenges of Psychoanalysis in the 21st Century [electronic resource] : Psychoanalysis, Health, and Psychosexuality in the Era of Virtual Reality / edited by Josรฉ Guimรณn, Sara Zac de Filc
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US : Imprint: Springer, 2001
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Descript XV, 190 p. online resource


During discussion of psychoanalysis and virtual reality in the new millennium, it was predicted that in the next century the differences between the conscious, unconscious, and the pre-conscious will have to be reconsidered in view of the ever-expanding concepts created by virtual reality. There will be virtual sexual acts over the Internet, ovum parthenogenesis will be possible without the intervention of the male, and clonic reproduction of the human being will be carried out in the laboratory. The child born in these circumstances will relate to a widening array of potential parental figures: the classic heterosexual couple, the single-parent family, the homosexual couple, the transsexual figure, etc. All this will of course alter the classic Oedipal constellation and without doubt the gender identity of the child. There will be attempts to undergo psychoanalysis via the Internet in the same way that other kinds of psychotherapy are being virtualized. But this will force us to redefine transference. On the other hand, it seems likely that psychoanalysis as a psychotherapeutic tool will, in the 21st century, relate more to somatic, medical patients or to the ẁorried well' than to psychiatric patients. These brief considerations on the scope of our deliberations in some way explain the diversity of this book, but also justify its interest


I. Psychoanalysis and Virtual Reality -- 1. Some Questions on Virtual Reality and Psychoanalysis -- 2. External Reality and Virtual Reality -- 3. Psychoanalysis and the New Technologies -- 4. A Psychoanalyst: Between an Excess of the Virtual and an Excess of Realism -- 5. Castration, an Illusory Virtual Reality -- II. Psychosexuality -- 6. From S. Freud to J. Bowlby: Infantile Sexuality; Is it Still a Scandalous Subject? -- 7. New Psychoanalytic Views on Bisexuality -- 8. Psychosexuality and Borderline Disorders -- 9. Narcissism and Society -- III. Psychoanalysis and Health -- 10. Psychoanalysis and Health -- 11. From Medicine to Psychoanalysis and Psychosomatics: Psyche and Soma -- 12. Psychoanalysis and Primary Health Care: Our Participation as Psychoanalysts in a Long-overdue Change in the Health Services -- 13. Training General Practitioners in the Psychoanalytical Aspects of Mental Health: Considering the Situation in Switzerland -- IV. Psychoanalysis in Psychiatry -- 14. Who and What is Psychoanalysis For Today? -- 15. The Paradoxes of Seeking โ{128}{152}Psychoanalyticโ{128}{153} Help for Private Matters in Public Places -- 16. A Psychoanalytic Perspective on the Future of Mental Health: Current Challenges -- 17. Scope and Limitations of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Psychiatry -- 18. Does Child Psychoanalysis Exist? -- 19. Early Disorders in Young Children: The Psychoanalysis of Future Adults -- 20. The Outcome of Psychoanalysis: The Work of the Anna Freud Centre -- 21. Vestiges of Childhood and Adult Psychoanalysis -- V. Conclusion -- 22. Concluding Remarks

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