Cyberspace Romance The Psychology of Online Relationships

ISBN-10: 1403945144
ISBN-13: 9781403945143
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $48.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 6/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

The authors explore the ways in which individuals pursue relationships in cyberspace, arguing that while it offers many liberating qualities, people can venture too far into fantasy. They also present examples based on Whitty's research on cyber-relationships, Internet infidelity and cyber-harassment.

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Foreword
Acknowledgements
Cyber-Relationships, the Story so Far
A brief history of the internet: From the defence force to human relationships
Online relationships: Cueless, shallow, and hostile or close and friendly?
Cyberspace: A place for the lonely to hang out?
Too much too soon: Boom or bust phenomena
Real relationships in cyberspace
Cyberspace: More radical opportunities for relationship development
More cues than meet the eye
SIDE model
SIP: Social information processing theory
Hyperpersonal communication
Cyberspace: A place to be more liberated
Sex in cyberspace
More self-disclosure online
True self versus actual self
Moving it offline successfully
Keeping up with the times
Developing a theory towards explaining cyber-relating
From Courtly Love to Cyber-Flirting
Vacillating from the home to the outside world
Romantic love in the postmodern era: How different is it?
Offline signals: The crucial place of non-verbal signals
Conceptualising cyberspace
Cyber-flirting: New rules
Cyber-flirting: Old rules
Bodies on internet dating sites
Playing at Love: Winnicott and Potential Space
The psychodynamics of play: The work of Donald Woods Winnicott
Winnicott and cyberspace
Cyberspace as a potential space for psychological growth and 'liberation'?
Object-relations theories: Regressive behaviour and splitting
Object-relations theories and the circulation of quasi-objects: A 'ball' in play
Identity
Object Engagement and Dysfunctional Aspects of Relating Online
Psychodynamics of object engagement: The work of Christopher Bollas
Object engagement and attachment: Dysfunctional and unhealthy outcomes
The generational character of objects
Cyber-Cheating: Can We Really be Liberated in Cyberspace?
Not all teddy bears are transitional
Internet infidelity
Splitting the good from the bad in cyberspace
Other problematic online relationships
Deviance and Cyberspace
The Numa Numa dance
Internet addiction
Cyber-harassment
Rape in cyberspace
Paedophilia
Misrepresentation of self online
Online Dating: Shopping for Love on the internet
Motivations for using an online dating site
Different paces for different spaces: Progression from online to offline
Online and offline attraction: Is it all that different?
All based on the first meeting
A numbers game
Filtering through the lies
Cliched self: Too many people strolling on the beach sipping red wine
Seeking out the 'true' self online
Strategies used to compose one's own profile: Which 'self' to present?
Online dating strategies: How to play the game
Conclusions about online dating
Characters and Archetypes in Cyberspace
Character type: The psychodynamic entree
Character type, change, and cyberspace
Character type and cyberspace: Research findings
Jung on archetypes
Visions of the Future
The future of online dating: Waxing or waning?
Bluetoothing and blogging for love
Like kids in a lolly shop
Writing as therapy
Online psychotherapy
The future of sex in cyberspace
Ethical considerations for future online research
On a 'concluding note'
Notes
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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