Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications

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9780122719509: Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications

Psychology and the Internet provides the first resource for examining how the Internet affects our definition of who we are and our communication and work patterns. It also examines how normal behavior differs from the pathological with respect to Internet use. The book contains three sections: the first section covers the "self" in relation to the Internet; the second section explores how the Internet is used to meet new friends and love interests, as well as to conduct business; and the final section examines the philosophical ramifications of Internet use and our definitions of reality and consciousness.

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* 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

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" Psychology and the Internet is a rich research review, with considerable theoretical reach. It brings us up to date, and points toward a transpersonal view of the future. In a time of accelerating global change such informed speculation may be the most reasonable approach to whatever lies ahead."
--THE JOURNAL OF TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY
"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, 4 Star Rating
" Psychology and the Internet does what a first book in a given area should do: It generates interest in the topic. All of the chapters are thought provoking and insightful."
--JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION
"Jayne Gackenbach's Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications provides some important insights into and fruiful questions about the behaviors associated with Internet use... Gackenbach's goal, which she achieves quite successfully, is to move the study of computer-mediated communication from the realm of education and communication to the other behavioral sciences, particularly psychology. Her book includes the work of scholars in psychology, sociology, communications, computer science, library and information science, writing, and health and nutrition sciences, coming from four continents... Gackenbach's book is a welcome addition to the body of literature for... the valuable information it otherwise provides... Gackenbach summarizes well the state of research on the Internet and behavior and provides fertile ground for the development of new research and theory."
--CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY
"The editor... does a fine job of fine-tuning the (mostly) research reviews to provide a useful compilation of empirical studies."
--FIRST MONDAY

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