Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality (Paperback)

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"Instantly engaging and eminently accessible . . . . an enlightening and cautionary exploration of an increasingly intrusive aspect of modern society." —Booklist

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. Aboujaoude dubs this new self our “e-personality” and argues that its traits are too potent to be confined online. Offline, too, we’re becoming impatient, unfocused, and urge-driven. Virtually You draws from Aboujaoude’s personal and professional experience to highlight this new phenomenon. The first scrutiny of the virtual world’s transformative power on our psychology, Virtually You demonstrates how real life is being reconfigured in the image of a chat room, and how our identity increasingly resembles that of our avatar.

About the Author

Elias Aboujaoude, MD, a Stanford University psychiatrist, earned an MD from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in San Francisco.

Praise For…

A unique psychiatrist's perspective and an urgent wake-up call.
— Kirkus Reviews

A book that not only has been needed for several years but could become a modern classic.
— Alan F. Schatzberg, American Psychiatric Association
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393340549
ISBN-10: 0393340546
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 6th, 2012
Pages: 352
Language: English