Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6¼ x 9½
978-1-5381-2667-7 • Hardback • December 2020 • $32.00 • (£25.00)
978-1-5381-7629-0 • Paperback • November 2022 • $20.00 • (£14.99)
978-1-5381-2668-4 • eBook • December 2020 • $28.50 • (£21.99)
Paula Durlofsky, PhD is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. As a practicing therapist for over 18 years and the recent winner of Best Therapist in 2017’s Best of the Main Line awards, Durlofsky helps individuals, couples, and families to reach their full potential for leading lives with passion and purpose. Durlofsky is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Device Management and Digital Intelligence committee whose goal is to support healthy relationships with technology through intelligent engagement and modeling positive digital citizenship. She is also affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital, Lankenau Medical Center and The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. Over the course of her career, she has taught as an adjunct professor and as an instructor to medical residents specializing in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. She has even been immortalized as the inspiration for the character Dr. Paula Agard on the popular USA Network show, Suits. Her expert opinions based on over two decades of clinical experience and training have been featured in Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, APA’s Monitor on Psychology, Exceptional Parenting Magazine, Main Line Health, Psych Central, and Main Line Today, as well as at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women and on ABC 10-KXTV.
In this empathetic manual, Pennsylvania-based mental health counselor Durlofsky shares parables about patients whose lives have been affected by over-involvement with social media . . . Maintaining a sympathetic tone, she offers lists of helpful strategies for dealing with adverse emotions, unhealthy relationships, FOMO, and hurtful comparisons—amounting to practical actions applicable to both in-person and virtual situations that go beyond simple exhortations to disconnect. Additional chapters deal with romantic break-ups, mourning, emotional pain, and the dangers of using technology as avoidance medication. Her major take-aways ring true, no matter what arena: develop self-compassion, practice self-care, find your "e-tribe," and try to achieve balance. Readers may have heard these suggestions before, but the specific spin, addressing digital dependency, makes the advice timely and fresh.— Booklist
Psychologist Durlofsky debuts with an empowering take on the impact of social media on mental heatlh. . . . Durlofsky’s practical work will provide insight to any reader looking to creating a safe, healthy digital space.— Publishers Weekly