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Essig, T. Russell, G.I. (2017). A Note From the Guest Editors. Psychoanal. Perspect., 14(2):131-137.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 14(2):131-137


A Note From the Guest Editors

Todd Essig, Ph.D. and Gillian Isaacs Russell, Ph.D.

The editors describe their rationale for focusing this special issue on the question of what makes a screen relations based treatment different from an in-person treatment experience. A perplexing tendency for many to treat that which is acknowledged to be “better than nothing” as though it were instead “routinely good enough” is discussed. The risks of this specific technocultural moment for the future of psychoanalytic care is offered as justification for the issue’s focus on the question of difference. The hope is expressed that psychoanalysis will endeavor to ask the hard, psychoanalytic questions concerning the meaning of remote treatment so as to implement the incredible promise psychoanalysis has to be a human corrective to the excesses of emerging technoculture.

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