Psychology and the Internet

Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications

Edited by

  • Jayne Gackenbach, Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada

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.
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Social psychologists, sociologists, clinical psychologists, as well as researchers in communication


Book information

  • Published: September 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-369425-6


"...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

Table of Contents

Preliminary TOCChapter 1: Introduction to Psychological Aspects of Internet UseJayne Gackenbach and Evelyn EllermanChapter 2: Children and the InternetConnie VarnhagenChapter 3: Causes and Implications of Disinhibited Behavior on the InternetAdam JoinsonChapter 4: Internet Addiction: Does It Really Exist?Mark GriffithsChapter 5: Internet Therapy and Self-Help Groups--The Pros and ConsStorm A. King and Danielle MoreggiChapter 6: Got Therapy? Professional Issues OnlineJoanie GillispieChapter 7: The Psychology of Sex: A Mirror from the InternetRaymond J. NoonanChapter 8: Males, Females, and the InternetJanet Morahan-MartinChapter 9: Revisiting CMC for Work, Community, and LearningC. Haythornthwaite & Anna L. NielsenChapter 10: The Virtual Society: It’s Driving Forces, Arrangements, Practices and ImplicationsConrad Shayo, Lorne Olfman and Alicia IriberriChapter 11: From Mediated Environments to the Development of ConsciousnessJoan M. PrestonChapter 12: World Wide Brain: Self-Organizing Internet Intelligence as the Actualization of the Collective UnconsciousBen GoertzelChapter 13: The Coevolution of Technology and ConsciousnessJayne Gackenbach, Greg Guthrie, and Jim Karpen