Contemporary Perspectives on Relational Wellness

Psychoanalysis and the Modern Family

  • Floriana Irtelli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 139-151

About this book


This book proposes new perspectives on relational wellness and the contemporary family—combining a psychoanalytic overview with scientific research about the burgeoning popularity of divorce, the increase in “stepfamilies,” and the use of social networks as well as other technologies. In this day and age, psychoanalysis has become increasingly interested in hyper-modern scenarios; for example, social networks and apps provide matching algorithms, which allow users to connect with people of similar interests. These networks have become one of the places where dissatisfied partners seek "more satisfactory situations.” In the United Kingdom, cohabitation lasts for up to two years, on average, and 40% of marriages end in divorce. In the United States, the percentage rises: it has now reached 50%. Today the value of temporariness, in which everything is fragmented, is exalted. On the other hand, is it wrong to deny the natural ebb and flow of human feeling? 


Psychoanalysis Family Relationships Divorce Step-families Hyper-modern Scenarios Cohabitation Family-group Dimensions Freud Bauman Love Children Nuptiality Social Networks Interpersonal Relationships

Authors and affiliations

  • Floriana Irtelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Catholic University of the Sacred HeartMilanItaly

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