During the spring and summer of this year Contemporary Psychotherapy was affected by one of the forces for chaos, which is part of the Internet’s darker side. The journal lost content, images were displaced and our archive was compromised. And there we were, creatures from a pre-Web era, forced to contend with a series of crises happening in, as far as we could tell, the ether. We were knocked back, even knocked out a few times but fortunately we have a good IT consultant and we got CP back on line. We apologise to our readers for any confusion that may have been caused.
Aaron Balick’s article ‘Technology, Social Media, and Psychotherapy: getting with the programme’ addresses the need for therapists – it felt at the time of my reading it quite pointedly for those of us who use the Net to produce this journal – to not shy away from the importance of the Internet but to understand and work with it and recognise how it is now part of the human psyche. Aaron’s article is echoed in Brad Mclean’s review of A Psychotherapy for the People: Towards a Progressive Psychoanalysis as it picks up on psychoanalysis’ challenge to move forward and be inclusive.
Debbie Daniels’ second article on the Gloria videos – ‘Permanently Cheated’: Decoding Gloria: an application of Langs’ Communicative Approach (Part 2)’ – provides us with a context going back to Carl Rogers when the technology of the time was being used to study the effects of different styles of therapy. She raises important questions about ethics in terms of frame violation.
Ethics is at the heart of what Peter Jenkins writes about in his double book review on research and, combined with Sue Murphy’s review of Peter’s newly released DVD on Therapists and Professional Negligence, we are offered a fuller picture of what is central to a more thoughtfully considered position on ethics. Another possible question of ethics enters into Sheri Heller’s article – ‘Blinded by Darkness: The Collective Denial of Evil and its Impact on Psychiatric Treatment’. She addresses a much shied-away-from topic for therapists – the damage done to our clients by those of us who don’t recognise “evil”.
Hyunho Khang’s consideration of the Self is approached from an East –Asian perspective. In his article ‘Conflicts for East-Asians: Confucianism’s ‘interdependent’ self and Rogers’ & Winnicott’s ‘independent’ self’ Hyunho explores the development of the Self from a cultural perspective where it is believed that the Self is at odds with social good.
Freud wrote about how the loss of a loved one is experienced as a loss of Self and it is through mourning that we enter a process, which allows us to reclaim ourselves. ‘The Loss Foundation’ by Erin Thompson looks at the need to support those who have suffered a bereavement, especially following a long-term illness, so that the process of mourning is supported.
Also included in this issue are several reviews of books ranging from a terrific photographic inside peek into the offices of New York City analysts, to a poignantly told and drawn graphic account of a woman fighting cancer while pregnant. And we review Sexual Diversity and Sexual Offending which offers a frank and unflinching look at its topic. Jac Palmer’s review of Cronenberg’s film Map to the Stars seems a fitting commentary about all the madness and narcissism of the twenty-first century world.
We hope you enjoy our Winter 2014 issue and wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!
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