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DM Podcast #36 Dr. Aaron Balick: The Psychodynamics of the Web

By 21st April 2016 October 13th, 2016 One Comment

“Going on to Twitter and expressing your shadow self is not expressing it, it is about projecting and evacuating it on to other people and that’s not particularly healthy for you or the other person.” – Aaron Balick

In this episode, Dr. Lawrence Ampofo interviews the psychotherapist and author, Dr. Aaron Balick. Aaron is the founder of Mindswork and his research is primarily focused on the application of psychological thinking to social media and technology. He is the author of the book “The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: Connected Up Instantaneous Culture and the Self” in which he investigates the changing nature of the way people relate to eachother by social networking and mobile technologies. Focusing on the unconscious motivations behind our online social networking use, Aaron claims that social media is not simply a technology, but is essentially human and deeply meaningful.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What the “Shadow Self” is and how it manifests online
  • Should we have spaces on the Web to express the Shadow Self
  • The “Tinderisation” of the Web and how that affects human relationships

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Director & Founder at Digital Mindfulness
Dr. Lawrence Ampofo is a digital strategy and foreign policy professional, with over 10 years providing advisory on strategic digital change. As the Founder and Director of Digital Mindfulness and Semantica Research, Lawrence focuses on increasing the capacities of companies to implement digital strategy across major transformation programmes by promoting new ways of working and collaboration in an age of digital distraction and information overload.
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