As we instant message, e-mail, text and Twitter, technology redraws the boundaries between intimacy and solitude. Does virtual intimacy degrade our experience of the other kind, and indeed, of all encounters of any kind? This workshop, offered by the morning’s keynote speaker, will pose this fundamental question and invite participants to consider how technology is not only reshaping our lives and relationships, but may also be transforming the experience of psychotherapy. We’ll explore how therapy needs to accommodate itself to a dramatically changing culture, and what it offers that a cyber-saturated society needs.
Sherry Turkle, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, is Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT. She’s authored numerous books. Her most recent is Alone Together: Technology and the Reinvention of Intimacy and Solitude.