Navigating our transformed social and informational worlds is a Skill
Most people aren’t built to sort through millions of pieces of information, information that often contradicts itself.
Furthermore, many common forms of communication used on-line these days don’t come close to IRL, where verbal and non-verbal cues help people better explain each other, recognize each other’s emotional states, and minimize misunderstandings.
Given the limitations of this new, partitioned world that we now live in, it should not be a shock at all that we have a hard time knowing who to trust, how to disagree, or why we get angrier doom scrolling on a device than we might in real life.
We need to be able to learn, as individuals, families, and groups, to maintain the best of our IRL traits and habits when operating in the digital world.
The Orpheus Pledge, created by members of the Dialectic team , was designed as a 21 day Digital Detox Program (Orpheuspledge.org)
Building Tools to Build Skills
Niels Rosenquist and Jasper Lee, two of the Dialectic team members based at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, have built a series of tools following the principles of CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. These tools, designed for individuals, family units, and small groups, are designed to help people recognize the forces inside them that guide their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as well as their work.
Interested in joining one of our pilot programs for families?
Dr. Lee and Dr. Rosenquist will be leading a 12 week pilot course of Dialectic for families this fall. It will focus on giving parents, caregivers, children, and adolescents tools and materials to help better consider the ways in which they engage with their IRL and digital worlds as individuals and each other. If you're interested in participating please reach out to us using the contact information form below.