ABSTRACT

We know that during the last decade the technological revolution has “opened up” the world and impacted on our lives in ways that are often exciting, enabling, humane, and creative. But isn’t there also something deeply unsettling about how this global phenomenon has happened so fast, powerfully, and irrevocably? We might even feel the sensation is like Freud’s “[…] buried spring or a dried up pond. One cannot walk over it without always having the feeling that the water might come up again” (Freud, 1919h, p. 223). We can almost hear the water lapping at the portals of child psychoanalysis, as children’s experiences of unhappiness, loneliness, and anxiety, within familial and other social dynamics, now seem to be compounded by adverse encounters with the new technology, for example, social media and cyberbullying. Recent clinical psychoanalytical literature, e.g., Benvenuto, (2014), Bredt, (2014), reminds us that our work with children includes engaging with symptoms with a distinctive contemporary bias. Verhaeghe’s, (2012) insight is that these very symptoms are now being reclassified as diseases.