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Cyber-Sex as Twilight Zone Between Virtual Reality and Virtual Fantasy: Creative Play Space or Destructive Addiction?

Cyber-Sex as Twilight Zone Between Virtual Reality and Virtual Fantasy: Creative Play Space or... CYBER-SEX AS TWILIGHT ZONE BETWEEN VIRTUAL REALITY AND VIRTUAL FANTASY: Creative Play Space or Destructive Addiction? Joy A. Dryer and Ruth M. Lijtmaer Sex plays out in as many forms as passion itself. Through the ages we have seen versions of love letters and pornographic writings and pictures. Modern times have used increasingly sophisticated technology and electronics to display one of the oldest desires of human kind. Today, with a computer in many a lap, we see cybersex replacing paper and phone sex. Therapists have debated the need to understand their patients' use of the Internet. General responses to intake questions can run the gamut from "just playing" to "pathological desperation." Add specific queries about sex on the Net (Do you visit sex sites? look at porn? interact sexually with another person over the Net? how?) and you have broadened the dialogue. The goal is to understand what cybersex behaviors and fantasies mean to the person, how they function in his or her life, and how to work with them therapeutically. The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, the clinical material presents a psychodynamic understanding of the debate over how the Internet is used. Via the case, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Psychoanalytic Review Guilford Press

Cyber-Sex as Twilight Zone Between Virtual Reality and Virtual Fantasy: Creative Play Space or Destructive Addiction?

The Psychoanalytic Review , Volume 94 (1) – Feb 1, 2007

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Guilford Press
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0033-2836
DOI
10.1521/prev.2007.94.1.39
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17367276
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Abstract

CYBER-SEX AS TWILIGHT ZONE BETWEEN VIRTUAL REALITY AND VIRTUAL FANTASY: Creative Play Space or Destructive Addiction? Joy A. Dryer and Ruth M. Lijtmaer Sex plays out in as many forms as passion itself. Through the ages we have seen versions of love letters and pornographic writings and pictures. Modern times have used increasingly sophisticated technology and electronics to display one of the oldest desires of human kind. Today, with a computer in many a lap, we see cybersex replacing paper and phone sex. Therapists have debated the need to understand their patients' use of the Internet. General responses to intake questions can run the gamut from "just playing" to "pathological desperation." Add specific queries about sex on the Net (Do you visit sex sites? look at porn? interact sexually with another person over the Net? how?) and you have broadened the dialogue. The goal is to understand what cybersex behaviors and fantasies mean to the person, how they function in his or her life, and how to work with them therapeutically. The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, the clinical material presents a psychodynamic understanding of the debate over how the Internet is used. Via the case,

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The Psychoanalytic ReviewGuilford Press

Published: Feb 1, 2007

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