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Wessex Event 22/01/2022 £ 20.00

Adolescent Development in the Age of Social Media

In this talk, Philip Stokoe will begin with a summary of the adolescent task and what we know about the vicissitudes of the journey through this, often tumultuous process. He will argue that there is an understandable yearning to reach the end-point, an adult sexual identity, that is so powerful that many adolescents will make serious mistakes by prematurely claiming an identity. Furthermore, that this has become more likely and, consequently, more hazardous in the context of social media and the internet, which seems to offer ready-made solutions to the deep questions of ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What do I want?’ In the course of this talk, he will emphasise the crucial nature of the curiosity drive in creating consciousness in the first place and offering a means to avoid a false choice in the second place.

 About the speaker: Philip is a Psychoanalyst in private practice working with adults and couples, and an Organisational Consultant, providing consultation to a wide range of organisations.

He worked in the Adult Department of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust between 1994 and 2012, he was the Clinical Director from 2007.

He is a member of the European Psychoanalytic Federation Forum on Institutional Matters, which studies the nature of psychoanalytic institutions.

His most recent book, The Curiosity Drive: Our Need for Inquisitive Thinking, was published by Phoenix Publishing House in November 2020.


This event will take place online via zoom, the link will be sent out a few days prior to the event.


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Wessex Event 22/01/2022 £ 20.00