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Ernest Wolf of the International Council for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology raises the following questions:

I have read about some on-line aficionados becoming 'addicted' to their - I shall call it - psycho-cyber-world.

Has anyone first hand knowledge of such addiction?

Are these cyber-addicts just surfing or are they usually in some sort of interactive on-line relationship to others?

What might be the dynamics of such addictions?

What might be an appropriate therapeutic posture vis-a-vis such individuals?

One could speculate that an intense interactive on-line relationship might fill certain needs for basic selfobject experiences. These could possibly provide mirroring s-o-e [=selfobject experiences], or alter-ego s-o-e. Even the idealization of the interactive other is possible with resulting idealizing s-o-e. Today [July, 1996] one could read in the Chicago Tribune that dangerously intense love relationships have developed. Another site at http://www.lolworld.com [now at http://www.thepalace.com/] encourages such cyber-acting-out. Of course, interposing the electronic media into the relationship between the participants also provides a certain measure of distancing and protection against the dangers of physical closeness. The computer may serve a defensive function in the service of protecting a vulnerable self.

Any comments or discussion?

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Ernest Wolf of the International Council for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology raises the following questions:

I have read about some on-line aficionados becoming 'addicted' to their - I shall call it - psycho-cyber-world.

Has anyone first hand knowledge of such addiction?

Are these cyber-addicts just surfing or are they usually in some sort of interactive on-line relationship to others?

What might be the dynamics of such addictions?

What might be an appropriate therapeutic posture vis-a-vis such individuals?

One could speculate that an intense interactive on-line relationship might fill certain needs for basic selfobject experiences. These could possibly provide mirroring s-o-e [=selfobject experiences], or alter-ego s-o-e. Even the idealization of the interactive other is possible with resulting idealizing s-o-e. Today [July, 1996] one could read in the Chicago Tribune that dangerously intense love relationships have developed. Another site at http://www.lolworld.com [now at http://www.thepalace.com/] encourages such cyber-acting-out. Of course, interposing the electronic media into the relationship between the participants also provides a certain measure of distancing and protection against the dangers of physical closeness. The computer may serve a defensive function in the service of protecting a vulnerable self.

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