N. 40 - Group and Rite

Cybernetic Rituals and Rituality in the community of Digital Brothers: clinical and theoretical reflections

Abstract

The present paper focuses on the theme of ritual in adolescence. Firstly, the function of ritual in adolescence and related pubertal transformation are discussed. The crisis of rituals in post-modern societies is mentioned and possible subsequent outcomes of that, in terms of youngsters’ developmental path, discussed. Particular attention is given to possible ritual-like functions offered by cyberspace and videogames. Specifically, an attempt is made to distinguish those phenomena that serve as a ritual the youth’s development from those frankly solipsistic and sand stemming form narcissistic fragilities. Clinical vignettes are presented in order to support discussion and, finally, a psychodynamically-oriented, technology-mediated, group intervention is described.

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