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

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Overview

Eight years have passed since publication of the then groundbreaking first edition of this work. During that time, the internet has become ever more prominent the world over, with 200% growth in usage outside the US, 100% growth in usage within the US, and with the highest penetration in America at 68% of all households. Psychology of the Internet, 2e explores the psychological considerations to using the internet and the internet's effects upon the user. New coverage explores how children use the internet and how this exposure may be shaping their social development. Coverage also includes the effect of child exposure to pornography, predators online, and bullying online. Research on adult disinhibition over the internet is discussed, particularly the tendency for people to more readily self disclose in an online environment. Extensive coverage of socialization on line includes coverage of online dating practices, blogs, and sex online. Internet addiction is covered with respect to definition, precursors, and co-morbidity. Sociological research is also explored as to how people meet and work together online, computer mediated communication, and virtual work teams. Additional chapters explore the burgeoning availability and effectiveness of telehealth/online therapy, the implications of an increasingly virtual society of internet communities, the internet as a global brain, and the possibility that virtual experience may be expanding real consciousness.

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.
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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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