IMG_0036It’s one of the simplest of words in the English language; four letters, one syllable. It comes with a nifty blue icon too, a thumbs up. I’m referring to the ‘like’ button on your Facebook page. It is operated with deceptively simple ease, just a click of a mouse, and yet it really packs a punch. You see, the ‘like’ button may be the simplest way yet to deploy one of the most important things that one individual can give to another: recognition. The function of intersubjective recognition can be traced right back to infant/mother interaction and is one of the most important psychodynamic functions in the development of selfhood.

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Balick, A. (2013). The Real Motivation Behind Social Networking. Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology (Volume 3, Issue 2).