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Turkle, S. (2004). Whither Psychoanalysis in Computer Culture?. Psychoanal. Psychol., 21(1):16-30.

(2004). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 21(1):16-30

Whither Psychoanalysis in Computer Culture?

Sherry Turkle, Ph.D.

The computer as an “object to think with” enters into how people think about their minds in several ways. First, it serves as a model of mind, both historically and in contemporary neuroscience and neuropsychology. Second, the computer enters into our thinking about mind through our everyday interactions with computational objects. In recent years, people have embarked on a range of new “intersubjective” relationships, some of which, albeit problematically, have taken machines as subjects. Understanding these forms of interaction—one on one with computers, on the Internet, in virtual realities, and with robotic creatures—calls for psychodynamic modes of understanding. New computational objects in the culture serve as “objects to think with” for a revitalized psychoanalytic discourse.

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