chapter  6
Psychoanalytic cyberspace, beyond psychology
Pages 15

This chapter examines the way cyberspace has emerged as a new anthropological space, and how this space throws everyday commonsensical images of individual psychology into question. Psychology, a discipline that has aimed to undermine psychoanalytic practice on the grounds that a science of individual behaviour should be based on empirical ‘evidence’, has long drawn sustenance from computer-based forms of decision-making for models of the mind as a perceptual-cognitive apparatus engaging in varieties of information-processing to negotiate reality. Now this orthodox psychology is at one moment unsettled by new virtual anthropological space where subjectivity seems to operate in quite different ways to those described in psychology textbooks, and at the next moment determined to colonize this space, to make the psychology of those at the interface with the computer compatible with behaviour occurring in new channels of electronic communication.