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Internet sex, electronic stalking, and the simulation of alternate cyber identities are only a few of the more extreme possibilities of a communication technology that has, for better or worse, irrevocably changed how we relate to one another. From shopping for groceries to seeking medical advice, the internet has insinuated itself into realms of life that once unavoidable involved face-to-face contact.

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Michael A. Civin, Ph.D is an Associate Clinical professor of Psychology at the Derner Institute of Advanced Studies at Adelphi University and a faculty member and supervisor in the Adelphi Postgraduate program in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. He is also the Director of clinical training for the Baldwin council against drug abuse and maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and organizational consulting in Sea Cliff, New York. Related articles have appeared in the Psychoanalytic Review and Free Associations.

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Many people have heard or read of the scientific study that links Internet use to depression. This book expands on that notion, attempting to place Internet use in the context of a "paranoid society" beset by increasing personal isolation, bewildering technology, and end-of-the-millennium pressures. Civin, a professor at Adelphi University and a practicing psychoanalyst, uses a number of case studies to illustrate his belief that the Internet serves different functions for different users. On the one hand, he suggests, it can serve as a means of connectedness, facilitating complex exchanges among the self and others. On the other hand, it can insulate the user from meaningful contact with others, providing only one-dimensional exchanges that simulate or substitute for real, full relationships. Civin's ideas--which combine case studies with postmodern theory, personal experiences, and different branches of psychological thought--are well presented. Throughout, he explains the somewhat dauntingly academic language, making this book fascinating reading for anyone with a passing interest in both technology and psychology. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.
-David E. Valencia, Federal Way Regional Lib., WA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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