Psychology and the Internet

2nd Edition

Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications

Print ISBN: 9780123694256
eBook ISBN: 9780080469058
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th September 2006
Page Count: 392
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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.

Key Features

  • 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


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

Table of Contents

Preliminary TOC Chapter 1: Introduction to Psychological Aspects of Internet Use

Jayne Gackenbach and Evelyn Ellerman Chapter 2: Children and the Internet Connie Varnhagen Chapter 3: Causes and Implications of Disinhibited Behavior on the Internet Adam Joinson Chapter 4: Internet Addiction: Does It Really Exist? Mark Griffiths Chapter 5: Internet Therapy and Self-Help Groups--The Pros and Cons Storm A. King and Danielle Moreggi Chapter 6: Got Therapy? Professional Issues Online Joanie Gillispie Chapter 7: The Psychology of Sex: A Mirror from the Internet Raymond J. Noonan Chapter 8: Males, Females, and the Internet Janet Morahan-Martin Chapter 9: Revisiting CMC for Work, Community, and Learning C. Haythornthwaite & Anna L. Nielsen Chapter 10: The Virtual Society: It’s Driving Forces, Arrangements, Practices and Implications Conrad Shayo, Lorne Olfman and Alicia Iriberri Chapter 11: From Mediated Environments to the Development of Consciousness Joan M. Preston Chapter 12: World Wide Brain: Self-Organizing Internet Intelligence as the Actualization of the Collective Unconscious Ben Goertzel Chapter 13: The Coevolution of Technology and Consciousness Jayne Gackenbach, Greg Guthrie, and Jim Karpen


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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 2007