Psychotherapy Online with Walter Logeman

Psychotherapy Online with Walter Logeman

My invitation….

Write to me, in
an an email, about one of the following:

One of your dreams.
A difficulty or dilemma you are having.
A challenge or crisis in a relationship.
Strong feelings you have now.
A topic of your choice.

I will respond by email, free of charge, from my psychological perspective.

I will also let you know how to continue psychotherapy online with me if you choose to.

To get started email

I have updated my Psychotherapy Online pages.

August 2021

to be clear… this was 21 years ago.  I did that work for decades and loved it .  I could do so again.  But not now.  Other projects occupy my life. Training psychodrama, running groups .




Symbolic Species

The Symbolic Species : The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain by Terrence W. Deacon

What separates humans from animals, Deacon writes, is our capacity for symbolic representation. Animals can easily learn to link a sound with an object or an effect with a cause. But symbolic thinking assumes the ability to associate things that might only rarely have a physical correlation; think of the word “unicorn,” for instance, or the idea of the future. Language is only the outward expression of this symbolic ability, which lays the foundation for everything from human laughter to our compulsive search for meaning.

It is this ability to do the symbolic thing that is the stuff that dreams and cyberspace is made of.

I have become the world

CTHEORY: Cyberwar, God And Television: Interview with Paul Virilio

Virilio: The body has a dimension of simulation. The learning process, for instance: when one learns how to drive a car or a van, once in the van, one feels completely lost. But then, once you have learnt how to drive, the whole van is in your body. It is integrated into your body. Another example: a man who pilots a Jumbo Jet will ultimately feel that the Boeing is entering his body. But what is going on now, or should happen in one or two generations, is the disintegration of the world. Real time ‘live’ technologies, cyberreality, will permit the incorporation of the world within oneself. One will be able to read the entire world, just like during the Gulf War. And I will have become the world. The body of the world and my body will be one. Once again, this is a divine vision; and this is what the military are looking for. Earth is already being integrated into the Pentagon, and the man in the Pentagon is already piloting the world war – or the Gulf War – as if he were a captain whose huge boat would have become his own body. Thus the body simulates the relationship to the world.

That is isnteresting on the connection between the body and the virtual world!


Macromedia – Press room : Macromedia extends personalization to the inbox with LikeMinds eMail

LikeMinds observes implicit clickstream behavior, purchase history, and explicit form data on the e-merchant�s site. By comparing such behavior with those of previous visitors to the site, LikeMinds accurately predicts the products and content that are of interest to each individual. LikeMinds eMail uses these recommendations to generate scalable, outbound e-mail campaigns that are personalized to each recipient, driving more repeat visits and more satisfied customers

Sounds almost evil, yet this is the I Like This idea we invented and still await the implementaion of.

Unfreezing the Corporate Mind

Unfreezing the Corporate Mind
John Seely Brown

If you want to change a corporation, you need to change the conversations happening within it. That was the recommendation from John Seely Brown in his address to Real Time participants.
In a good conversation, the whole is more important than the parts, Brown said. A focused conversation is a self-scaffolding structure that has a dynamic aspect to it . Therefore, if you change the conversations of a corporation, you change the corporation.
“All learning starts with focused conversations,” Brown says. “The only kind of learning you want to think about is collaborative learning. But how do you structure conversations to become self-scaffolding conversations?”

Expertise lies as much in the social mind as in the individual mind, Brown said. Knowledge is distributed across people and across artifacts. So the ability to interpret each other — read what is really happening — is tacit knowledge possessed by the group as a whole. That knowledge is brought together when groups share tasks over a substantial period of time, he said.

This of course is from the author of The Social Life of Information interesting to discover that he wrote that key article (see below) in the first issue of The Fast Company back in 1995.

Community of practice

Communities of Practice – DEAD LINK – Saturday, May 8, 2010

In 1997, the Ottawa Organizational Effectiveness Interest Group (OEIG) Book Study Group discussed the article, “The People are the Company” from Fast Company – Handbook of the Revolution. “Communities of Practice” are a central theme in the article. We’ve created a permanent reference for OEIG with the article and some other sources of related information for anyone interested in the subject.
Communities of Practice – References
Communities of Practice
Communities of Practice: Learning as a Social System
CoPs eGroup – Discussion forum – Drafts, working papers, links, and other goodies are shared here.
Collective learning and collective memory
What Should Collaborative Technology Be? A Perspective From Dewey and Situated Learning
Metro Insight: Softwork
More Communities of Practices Links

Privacy vs the need for connection – to live & learn.

The Psychological Meaning of Internet Privacy

Some news clips and then some musings from me.

Groups Criticize Amazon Policy
By D. IAN HOPPER, Associated Press Writer

“Consumer groups say a change in’s privacy policy could leave customers of the Internet retailing giant no recourse if they don’t want personal information such as credit card numbers and home addresses passed on to some other company.

Seattle-based Inc., which sells a wide range of products, including books, toys and hardware, posted a revised privacy policy on its Web site Thursday telling customers the information they give is considered a company asset that can be sold. A company spokeswoman, Patty Smith, said the new policy is actually more restrictive in some cases, and better explains what Amazon can and cannot do with customer data.

“As we continue to develop our business, we might sell or buy stores or assets,” the new policy reads. “In such transactions, customer information generally is one of the transferred business assets.”

No. 3.6 . The Filter. 9.08.00 from Harvard at has a section on this… they say:

“Now, in the wake of a decision by the Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court overseeing the ToysMart case not to consider its agreement with the FTC in the absence of a buyer for ToysMart’s assets, leading e-tailer has introduced modifications to its privacy policy making it clear that Amazon customers’ personal data is considered a company asset and can therefore legitimately be shared with Amazon’s growing cadre of corporate partners�or, if need be,sold.”

The question of privacy is and will be debated from a legal, political and social perspective. From a psychological perspective what is happening as Amazon changes policy? A lot.

First Some thoughts about Amazon . This is a super Alexandria – and an Amazon customer is a scholar in the greatest library ever, so what happens as we access this database of books in print? It is not only a library it is a huge many-to-many discussion about books. Yet the networks of people here is not social – “I learn that people who bought this also bought this” – that is a psychometric or psychological revelation. I can look at reviewers and their profiles, meet them, see what is on their wish list and in their “purchase circle” and move to the website of fan clubs and authors. This is not like meeting people in a physical bookstore – here we read their minds – we enter into a mind-space. We find books without the help of librarians, but with each other in systems of automated and non-automated collaboration that runs deep. Because this library will work best if there is only *one* people flock to the biggest, where they find the most. Perhaps it is sad that this is a store, and a commercial, corporate, capitalist place – that is not unlike many universities – there is no class neutrality when it comes to learning. With immunity to the Orwellian nightmare inherent in the inherent impact of the words: knowledge about the customers is called an asset.

That knowledge of the scholars in this modern Alexandria is the very thing that is used to tune the scholars into the information using automated collaborative filtering or psychometry as Moreno would have called it. It would seem a marvelous virtue if it was *one librarian* who had the knowledge about the scholars. This virtue becomes scary in the panopticon.

As individuals we are not able to learn, learning is in relationship with others, always. These relationships are so vital that we will seek them out wherever they work best – even if we have to be humiliated by being seen as a “user, a customer, and an asset”. Can the impulse to seek the purest collaborative knowing be stronger than any companies ability to exploit that need for its own greed? Can our collective spirit and soul transcend the ugliness of some of the culture invading the Net?

Planning for Online Learning

GroupSense – Planning for Online Learning

“The Internet, on the other hand provides a flexible means of presenting content and also supports interaction between teacher and learners and among learners in groups. This is fuelling an explosion in the delivery of courses online. The September/October 1998 edition of Group Computing reports that in late 1997, there were 7,000,000 students taking distance learning courses from higher-education institutions”

This quote is from an article by Dan – sums up the GS approach to Online learning, and covers the basics – is valuable because it *is* basic.