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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Reel Deal III - Catfish and The Social Network

Sunday, February 26, 2012
1-3 pm

Director's Chair: Diane Geiger
Psychoanalyst: Carol Levin, M.D.

Bloomfield Township Public Library
Lone Pine and Telegraph

Practice Gap/Need: Psychotherapists are routinely confronted with the task of processing the co-existence of "multiple truths' presented by their patients. The explosion of new variations of reality created digitally by the "social network" and transmitted instantaneously via the web has transformed expectations about knowledge and redefined connection. Films such as The Social Network and Catfish provide psychotherapists with a unique opportunity to expand their understanding of the impact of the web on their practices and their lives. This two hour program with use film clips from both films with discussion of key elements by a digital film expert. A psychoanalyst will then highlight aspects of both films concerning the digital creation of reality fed by distortions created unconsciously by the desire to "own" the truth (Social Network) or a longing to share a common belief (Catfish).

Objectives: By the end of the program, the participants will be able to DEMONSTRATE:

• Familiarity with the major ways that the social network has transformed the way individuals interact inside and outside the therapeutic space, including access to the therapist's information, now easily available online.
• An ability to assist our patients in deepening their understanding of conscious and unconscious desires to sculpt their realities by distorting or at least digitally editing (online or metaphorically) in an attempt to avoid unacceptable aspects of themselves.
• Successfully recognize the major transference and countertransference issues created by the fantasies of omnipotence created by the ability to access unlimited information and transform it at will.

General Public $15; Students $5; APT Members Free

For Information, call Dave Lundin, 248-229-5389