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Social Networks from a Psychoanalytic perspective

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After a well-deserved vacation, this Thursday, September 9, the talks of the Thebes academic network, from the Central University of Venezuela (UCV). In this case, we discussed the Social Networks from a Psychoanalytic Perspective with the clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Auxi Scarano, under the moderation of Sybil Knight, Director of Research at TEBAS-UCV.

Scarone treats the issue of links as those that are built with the other, in this sense, digital links are possible thanks to networks such as Facebook or Twitter. When asked about the reasons that make these networks so seductive options for young people, as well as about the pathologies associated with the networks and their practices, Auxi Scarone points out:

[…] What surprises us the most about their use is the attachment they generate (since) someone may be in front of you, with you and be using the cell phone, Blackberry or the computer.

In this regard, Scarone wonders, what is this about? And at the same time responds:

[…] it is a part of the personality where the ego is not sufficiently integrated, requiring social contact over personal contact, needing to consolidate identity through the group.

Scarone goes on to point out that from a playful point of view a very attractive screen and keyboard are available to project the internal world to place the marks of one’s own story. In psychoanalytic words, to transfer the own needs of relating to the other, hoping to find a link to fill those needs, a search and search until believing to find in a game of presences and absences, turning on and off, coming and going

The specialist of imaginary friends also speaks:

[…] For some, these bonds will function as the imaginary friend of childhood, as a presence that accompanies, calms and gives security like the soft cloth or the teddy bear used in childhood: an external object in which internal security moves.

Likewise, regarding pathologies, it stands out that just as in the real world, pathologies are configured in the virtual world, among which are:

– The obsession of external recognition where the other is used as a support for their own self-esteem.

– The children’s use of public display due to lack of capacity for intimacy.

– Mental incontinence and the fantasy that others are the ones who carry their own aggressive content.

– Cybernetic intoxication: a lot of information and little time to process it.

– Sleep with the mobile phone next to you so you don’t miss a message.

In conclusion, Scarone points out:

[…] it is not our place to pathologize such a great tool, there are new needs in society, new realities and new ties arise. Its good use is a valuable opportunity to facilitate current life and enrich the knowledge that broadens the horizon and the perception of the world and of reality and makes it larger and more interesting, allowing to build and improve real ties.

Conversation link: https://wetoku.com/redtebas/2pQ and video: