Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications / Edition 2

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Overview

The previous edition provided the first resource for examining how the Internet affects our definition of who we are and our communication and work patterns. It examined how normal behavior differs from the pathological with respect to Internet use. Coverage includes how the internet is used in our social patterns: work, dating, meeting people of similar interests, how we use it to conduct business, how the Internet is used for learning, children and the Internet, what our internet use says about ourselves, and the philosophical ramifications of internet use on our definitions of reality and consciousness. Since its publication in 1998, a slew of other books on the topic have emerged, many speaking solely to internet addiction, learning on the web, or telehealth. There are few competitors that discuss the breadth of impact the internet has had on intrpersonal, interpersonal, and transpersonal psychology.

Key Features
* Provides the first resource for looking at how the Internet affects our definition of who we are
* Examines the philosophical ramifications of Internet use and our definitions of self, reality, and work
* Explores how the Internet is used to meet new friends and love interests, as well as to conduct business
* Discusses what represents normal behavior with respect to Internet use

Audience: Researchers in social, clinical, cognitive, and industrial/organizational psychology. Sociologists, information scientists, and computer scientists.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...the authors have taken readers on a real journey down an information-laden highway that leads to a fascinating, limitless world or virtual reality. Especially appreciated throughout the book is the attempt by the authors to support their viewpoints by making reference to empirical findings."
—Richard Nicki, Canadian Psychology, October 07
Nina Uziel-Miller
This book is a discussion of the relationship between psychology and the Internet. It is largely comprised of research reviews and scholarly discussions of the role of the Internet across a wide range of domains. Information is presented in a fairly sophisticated way that seems appropriate for those with interests in psychology and/or the Internet. Although rather detailed information is presented, this book seems appropriate for those with a wide range of skill levels and experience. The editor and contributors present a wide range of topics including the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and transpersonal implications of the Internet. A variety of interesting topics are reviewed including the Internet and disinhibited behavior, addiction, therapy, sex, gender, the workplace, and the collective unconscious. They provide important information about an under-studied topic. The Internet plays an ever-growing role in our personal and professional lives and this book is a much needed resource to examine important and complex issues. The material presented proves to be both thought-provoking and thorough. This is an important contribution to the fields of psychology and technology.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Nina Uziel-Miller, B.S.(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book is a discussion of the relationship between psychology and the Internet.
Purpose: It is largely comprised of research reviews and scholarly discussions of the role of the Internet across a wide range of domains. Information is presented in a fairly sophisticated way that seems appropriate for those with interests in psychology and/or the Internet.
Audience: Although rather detailed information is presented, this book seems appropriate for those with a wide range of skill levels and experience.
Features: The editor and contributors present a wide range of topics including the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and transpersonal implications of the Internet. A variety of interesting topics are reviewed including the Internet and disinhibited behavior, addiction, therapy, sex, gender, the workplace, and the collective unconscious. They provide important information about an under-studied topic.
Assessment: The Internet plays an ever-growing role in our personal and professional lives and this book is a much needed resource to examine important and complex issues. The material presented proves to be both thought-provoking and thorough. This is an important contribution to the fields of psychology and technology.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123694256
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. The Internet in Context
Part I Intrapersonal
2. Children and the Internet
3. Self Online: Personality and Demogrpahic Implications
4. Disinhibition and the Internet
5. The Psychology of Sex: A Mirror from the Internet
6. Internet Addiction: Does it Really Exist? (Revisited)
Part II Interpersonal
7. Revisiting Computer--Mediated Communication for Work, Community, and Learning
8. The Virtual Society: Its Driving Forces, Arrangements, Practices and Implications
9. Internet Self-Help and Support Groups: The Pros and Cons of Text-Based Mutual Aid
10. Cyber Shrinks: Expanding the Paradigm
Part III Transpersonal
11. From Mediatred Environments to the Development of Consciousness II
12. World Wide Brain: Self-Organizing Internet Intelligence as the Actualization of the Collective Unconscious
13. The Internet and Higher States of Consciousness--A Transpersonal Perspective

Index

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