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Seiden, H.M. (2001). Creating Passion: An Internet Love Story. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 3(2):187-195.

(2001). Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 3(2):187-195

Creating Passion: An Internet Love Story

Henry M. Seiden, Ph.D., ABPP

This is an account of an Internet romance—a kind of contemporary fable which is only a recent version of an old story: ancient myths and modern ones attest to the illusional nature of love and the beloved. This paper comments on the way the contemporary medium, the Internet, can be a kind of narcissistic particle accelerator—magnifying the power of otherwise weak and tiny impulses, supporting invention, inviting acting out, flattering grandiosity, and lending itself to collisions with the particulate impulses of others. The paper addresses the lovers' joint narrative in general—the way lovers become co-authors of a story of the occasion of and the reason for their passion. It comments on the selfobject function this narrative serves: bringing self-definition, cohesion and vitality to the experience of self for each of the partners.

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