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Developing digital resilience in an era of technology and anxiety. Dr Colman Noctor


The pervasive exposure to digital media is well established, what is less known is the impact of this relationship on our emotional wellbeing. There are many discussions around the need to regulate technological content, especially for children, but less is discussed about regulating human desire. This presentation discusses the relevance of the findings of a doctoral research project, of which ethical approval was given, to the concept of developing emotional resilience in a technological era. The paper will explore digital influences that aim to manipulate human desire and as a result escalate user's personal expectations and self-worth and in turn impact on their sense of contentment.

The presentation will discuss the theoretical concepts of resilience and explore how the dynamics of the contemporary digital world may be negatively impacting on our capacity to develop these skills of emotional intelligence. The presentation will be a vibrant discussion of our developing emotional relationship with technology and provide food for thought for audience members from all clinical and non-clinical backgrounds.


Dr Colman Noctor is a RANP and Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin and RANP in St Patrick's Mental Health Services. He is also a Clinical Associate and Clinical Fellow with the RCSI.

Colman completed his doctoral research in the area of social media and mental health and he is a regular contributor to the broadcast and print media. Colman is also the author of the bestselling book 'Cop On', a parenting book for the digital age.