The Center for Psychoanalysis and Technology was founded to provide a space to engage psychoanalysts in conversations about consumer technology including how it impacts and is impacted by our psyches. While many people in business, technology, ethics, and social sciences have been interested in these issues, psychoanalysis, with its emphasis on the unconscious dynamics within the individual, between individuals and within groups is uniquely positioned to enter the dialogue. The Center is a place to begin and continue the conversation.
We offer articles and research about these topics and host a podcast, Technology and the Mind, where we interview a seasoned psychoanalyst each month about contemporary psychoanalytic concepts applied to our experiences with consumer technology.
The Center for Psychoanalysis and Technology was founded by Dr. Nicolle Zapien, in 2022. She is a psychotherapist, candidate psychoanalyst and consultant to technology firms. Prior to her clinical training, Dr. Zapien spent more than a decade consulting to consumer technology firms, including: Amazon, Apple, Cisco, Dell, Google, HP, Samsung, and others. She left this field to become a psychologist due to concerns she had about her lack of understanding of the impact of her work with technology on people. After more than a decade in clinical practice, teaching and research, she began training at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco to become a psychoanalyst. The majority of her clients are high level tech executives interested in creating more meaningful technologies, experiences at work, and in their lives.