The Shadow of the Cloud: A Depth Perspective Psychological Implications of Virtual Technologies
Susannah D. Kirksey, Pacifica Graduate Institute, United States
Master of Arts, Pacifica Graduate Institute . Awarded
The objective of this thesis is to engage the alchemical hermeneutic method of inquiry to explore the psychological impact of today's new information technologies, the archetypal motifs that drive them, the psychosocial phenomena that result, and the psychological impact on the individual and collective. The body of research on new technology usage is growing rapidly, and the topic offers rich, exciting, unexplored territory for psychology. This thesis guides the reader through an archetypal exploration of new technologies grounded in depth psychological theory, substantiated by neurobiology, evidenced in clinical studies, and expanded through collective phenomenology. The goal of this research is to raise awareness as to the pervasive effects of technology, and their implications to human psychology. By bringing technology out of the shadow, clinicians can identify, understand, and treat client symptoms with therapeutic interventions that address the archetypal motifs, the psychological motivations and ramifications of persistent technology usage.
Kirksey, S.D. The Shadow of the Cloud: A Depth Perspective Psychological Implications of Virtual Technologies. Master of Arts thesis, Pacifica Graduate Institute.
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