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Author Aboujaoude, Elias, 1971-

Title Virtually you : the dangerous powers of the e-personality / Elias Aboujaoude

Publ Info New York : W.W. Norton, [2011]
Edition First edition
 CCE Main Collection  RC569.5.I54 A26 2011    AVAILABLE
 J&W-Charlotte  RC569.5.I54 A26 2011    AVAILABLE
 J&W-Prov. Harborside Grad Ed.  RC569.5.I54 A26 2011    AVAILABLE
 J&W-Prov. Main Lib.  RC569.5.I54 A26 2011    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  RC569.5.I54 A26 2011    AVAILABLE
 Salve Main Collection  RC569.5.I54 A26 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript 349 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-328) and index
Contents E-personality -- Delusions of grandeur -- Narcissism -- Ordinary everyday viciousness -- Impulsivity -- Infantile regression and the tyranny of the emoticon -- Love and sex recalibrated -- The illusion of knowledge -- Internet addiction -- The end of privacy -- Marking time, making memories -- "Virtualism," or the art of being more real than real
Note Whether sharing photos or following financial markets, many of us spend a shocking amount of time online. While the Internet can enhance well-being, Elias Aboujaoude has spent years treating patients whose lives have been profoundly disturbed by it. Part of the danger lies in how the Internet allows us to act with exaggerated confidence, sexiness, and charisma. This new self, which Aboujaoude dubs our "e-personality," manifests itself in every curt email we send, Facebook "friend" we make, and "buy now" button we click. Too potent to be confined online, however, e-personality traits seep offline, too, making us impatient, unfocused, and urge-driven even after we log off. This first scrutiny of the virtual world's transformative power on our psychology shows us how real life is being reconfigured in the image of a chat room, and how our identity increasingly resembles that of our avatar.--From publisher description
LC subject Internet addiction
Internet -- Psychological aspects
Internet -- Social aspects
Personality disorders
ISBN 9780393070644 (hbk.)
0393070646 (hbk.)