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Suler, J.R. (1999). Internet Mailing Lists. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 1(2):199-201.

(1999). Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 1(2):199-201

Contemporary Media Forum

Internet Mailing Lists

John R. Suler, Ph.D.

This forum will discuss contemporary media useful for researchers, clinicians, and teachers who are interested in applied psychoanalysis. It will cover newly released audiovisual materials, software, and especially resources on the Internet. If you have a suggestion for the forum, contact me at the Department of Psychology, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. Or send e-mail to

In this issue, I would like to discuss e-mail groups, sometimes called “mailing lists” or “listservs.” These lists—which work through the Internet e-mail system—provide a forum for a group of people to share information and discuss topics of mutual interest. Currently, there are thousands of mailing lists covering a wide range of interests. Communication among the members of the lists is controlled by a server software program located on a computer on the Internet. Some of the well-known servers are Listserv, Majordomo, and Listproc.

When you subscribe to a list, your name and e-mail address is automatically added to the list of participants. The server will then send you a standard e-mail message that confirms your subscription and provides basic information about the list. From that time on, the server will automatically send you all e-mail (called “postings” or “posts”) sent to the list by its members. Usually there are several different discussions (“threads”) occurring simultaneously on the list, which is indicated by the different titles in the subject lines of the e-mail messages. You may simply read the discussions without participating (“lurking”).

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