Cyberseduction: Reality in the Age of Psychotechnology

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Born from today's evolutionary psychology and its studies of developing human behavior and emotions is the radical new concept from psychotherapist Jeri Fink that virtual reality has been with us since humans first walked the earth and has only been heightened by today's technology. Psychologically, humans are "wired" to crave experiences beyond our daily existence. From the cave dweller's fireside stories of slaying massive beasts and the Elizabethan experience of Shakespeare's tragedies to today's blockbuster ...
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Overview

Born from today's evolutionary psychology and its studies of developing human behavior and emotions is the radical new concept from psychotherapist Jeri Fink that virtual reality has been with us since humans first walked the earth and has only been heightened by today's technology. Psychologically, humans are "wired" to crave experiences beyond our daily existence. From the cave dweller's fireside stories of slaying massive beasts and the Elizabethan experience of Shakespeare's tragedies to today's blockbuster disaster movies and, most importantly, interactive computer communication, we have always lived in a "virtual" culture.
The brilliant visionary founder of "psychotechnology," an inquiry into the merging of psychology and technology, Dr. Fink is a leading mental health expert in the use of virtual applications in clinical practice. Cyberseduction: Reality in the Age of Psychotechnology places the ideas of cyberspace and virtual reality into the historical context of human perception and experience across the ages.
From a biological perspective, Dr. Fink explains how and why people are seduced by many virtual realities, both simple and complex, and compares our respective experiences of reality and virtuality, showing how humanity has adapted and evolved. As humanity seeks to further meld itself with machines, the line between illusion and reality is increasingly blurred.
Dr. Fink discusses her groundbreaking theory of manufactured reality by using specific types of virtualities: religion, sex, the media, and other aspects of daily living. She also considers the effects of new computer software and the internet, where anonymous individuals can become and experience almost anything they choose.
Cyberseduction is a fascinating exploration of the psychology of digital culture.
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Positing that homo sapiens are hard-wired to seek novel experiences, the psychotherapist author casts a wide net to count everything from movies to computer chats as virtual reality. She analyzes how "psychotechnology" facilitates virtual relationships for better or worse, and the implications for a sense of self. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781573927437
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeri Fink, D.S.W., a practicing psychotherapist, has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, and Redbook, and is the author of five books.
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