Boundaries in an Overconnected World: Setting Limits to by Anne Katherine

By Anne Katherine

Over the last decade, 24/7 connectivity has given us not just comfort and enjoyable yet concerns approximately privateness, interruptions whereas operating or attempting to get pleasure from relatives or different downtime, and new compulsions — from procuring to tweeting and cute-cat gazing. Anne Katherine, one of many authors who introduced boundary surroundings to a mass viewers, has now written a booklet on find out how to set fit limitations with know-how. the 1st of its style, this source doesn't recommend somebody pass "cold turkey." as a substitute, it is helping humans make social media, shrewdpermanent telephones, and different ideas paintings for, instead of opposed to, them. Readers learn how to safeguard themselves on-line in each means — from predators and knowledge mining in addition to time-devouring acquaintances and neighbors — with an emphasis on maintaining and optimizing significant own connections. somebody who has ever questioned if their lovely little machine used to be truly an enemy invader will welcome Katherine's suggestions for making sure "that your existence is really your own."

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Having announced such a grandiose intention, it is necessary to qualify what I am doing in this book. Fortunately, this project does not need to be cut from whole cloth—I am not so presumptuous as to attempt such a daunting task. The groundwork for an ecological psychology already exists among diverse sources in the psychological literature. To date, however, some of these ecologically-related writings have been marginalized in experimental psychology, remaining outside of the mainstream of disciplinary thought.

It is primarily for this reason that a psychology with its roots in the physical sciences, as is the case with most contemporary experimental psychology, has precious little to say about meaning. This lacuna in contemporary experimental psychology is glaring considering that meaning and value are ubiquitous, inescapable, and arguably the quintessential features of human experience. In an ecological-functional account, where psychological processes are viewed as part of a sociocultural network of mutually supporting, adaptive relations, and where the individual as a participant in culture is recognized as sustaining, and indeed creating, cultural structures through everyday actions, meaning takes center stage—as well it must if psychology is to have much to say about the human condition.

Select any historical point during its first 120 years, and you will find psychologists embroiled in some theoretical squabble. It is true that psychology is by no means alone among the sciences in having ongoing theoretical tensions. And yet there is an important difference here. Inmost other sciences, especially those that share psychology’s roots in natural science, these disagreements typically occur around the edges of a core set of shared theoretical presuppositions. But, in psychology, it is these very core presuppositions that are often being contested.

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