Following on from the "Depth Psychology & the Digital Age" webinar December 3rd

“Firstly, thank you to the mediator and the panel guests for providing the event as an open event for new-comers to attend, and as a 'free' event! It was very worthwhile of the time spent to attend this, albeit a Sunday morning in New Zealand.

For this posting, please accept my response to Panel member, Steve Wood [PhD], who wrote “Going Somewhere: implications of electronically inflated psychological acceleration”.

For the blog, my notes that followed Steve Wood's conversation, include the following:

To recap: Our response to the speed of the ‘technological world’ is to recognise that there is an increasingly growing unconsciousness that is related to the sophisticated functions of technology; in human consciousness, this becomes almost as for 'an extension of the body, that is, the computational device is observed as an extension of the body', but it's operation is not always in the awareness of the conscious mind.
What is outside of an individual's awareness, or what is not known by 'the average consumer’ about technology/these systems, appears as a function outside of the conscious existential day-to-day life or what is possible for conscious-life. Consequently there is a blurring of the actuality of the lived and electronic worlds, and the worlds of truth and falsehood.

My ponder-ful response regards the interface of Self and Technology, and is related to the entity of technology and the human-being complex as separate. Recognition that the complex Body-Mind knows inter-subjectively, is also to know something of collective unconsciousness, as we become increasingly aware that there is self and other, or other entities that are not our self. Knowing this can provide the distance or separation necessary for us to begin to make sense of what we need to understand, and/or know about an other, with more depth.

The externalised self is a part of the collective being-in-the-world, which appears differently as we integrate newness as change, and acknowledge our ability to make sense of Self and otherness. The role of the implicit mind is signified necessarily, to reiterate events and knowledge with authenticity and truth.

Consequently, my lifeworld that has also a counterpart virtual lifeworld, questions the following with interest:

‘How much phantasy do we realise and integrate as a deliberate story-telling?

How does phantasy contribute to making sense, when learning anew is for the development of knowledge?

How we can teach/learn other ways/methodologies, to seek and make connections where reference to the implicit-knowing of self, provides explicitly, a sense of the otherness that we need to know as 'an other'.

How we do this may elucidate further consciousness regarding the process/es required to extend the existing senses, selves, and knowledge of rapidly changing ways-of-being, in a world that exclusively integrates modern technology. 

Please accept my few words as a response to the essay/conversation presented online. I have a response to the others if there is interest, acknowledging that I have only just purchased the book, and look forward to reading this too”.

Maree Brogden MA, PGcert MindBody Health Sciences
New Zealand

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Comment by Maree Brogden on December 10, 2016 at 5:15pm

Thank you for your comment Bonnie, your statement regarding differentiation, children and the 'web' is significant to consider the digital age, and healthy lives for children; many who will have parent tech-migrants, who may not have the education or consciousness to consider 'thinking for differentiation'. This situation contributes to the blurring of actuality or the truths of the lived world and the virtual realities of the electronic world, as Steve Wood suggested. Children and other vulnerable groups may become the victims of this. I have seen this situation at local community healthcare services as a form of psychosis, which includes hyperactivity and attention deficits.

Comment by Bonnie Bright on December 10, 2016 at 4:50pm

Thanks so much for taking the time to post this summary and response to the Depth Psychology and the Digital Age panel, Maree. Your final question particularly stands out to me:

How we do this may elucidate further consciousness regarding the process/es required to extend the existing senses, selves, and knowledge of rapidly changing ways-of-being, in a world that exclusively integrates modern technology. 

It elicits, for me, a flash of an image of children being educated at a very early age about consciousness and discernment. Imagine; those of us who are digital "migrants" have our hands full trying to integrate what we've adopted. The generation that has been raised with (Internet and now gadgets) most certainly have a harder time differentiating at all--rather like describing water to fish, to borrow from an old cliche...


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