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.
- Hardback | 369 pages
- 153.4 x 228.6 x 20.6mm | 582.25g
- 07 Oct 1998
- Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
- Academic Press Inc
- San Diego, United States
- b&w illustrations
"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
Table of contents
J. Gackenbach and E. Ellerman, Introduction to Psychological Aspects of Internet Use. The Intrapersonal: Statistically "Normal" and "Deviant" Aspects of the Self: E. Reid, The Self and the Internet: Variations on the Illusion of One Self. A. Joinson, Causes and Implications of Disinhibited Behavior on the Internet. M. Griffiths, Internet Addiction: Does It Really Exist? S.A. King and D. Moreggi, Internet Therapy and Self-Help Groups--The Pros and Cons. J.M. Grohol, Future Clinical Directions: Professional Development, Pathology, and Psychotherapy On-Line. The Interpersonal: From Close to Distant Relationships: R.J. Noonan, The Psychology of Sex: A Mirror from the Internet. J. Morahan-Martin, Males, Females, and the Internet. C. Haythornthwaite, B. Wellman, and L. Garton, Work and Community via Computer-Mediated Communication. M. Igbaria, C. Shayo, and L. Olfman, Virtual Societies: Their Prospects and Dilemmas. The Transpersonal: On the Net and the Net Itself: J.M. Preston, From Mediated Environments to the Development of Consciousness. B. Goertzel, World Wide Brain: Self-Organizing Internet Intelligence as the Actualization of the Collective Unconscious. J. Gackenbach, G. Guthrie, and J. Karpen, The Coevolution of Technology and Consciousness. Author Index. Subject Index.