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THE ISLAND SYNDROME


The Lady and the Psychiatrist

A woman walks into a psychiatrist's office.

"Doc," she says, "you've got to help me. My husband yells at me all the time. He says I spend too much money, and that I live in a fantasy world."

"I can help you," says the psychiatrist, "but before we start, I must tell you it will cost $190 an hour."

The woman thinks for a moment and then takes out her cell phone. She dials a number and, instantly, the telephone on the psychiatrist's desk begins to ring.

The psychiatrist looks puzzled, but the woman motions for him to pick up the phone.

"Hello?" he says.

"Now we don't have to worry, doctor. My phone plan has unlimited minutes."

"It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct, how much it presupposes precisely the non-satisfaction of powerful instincts. This 'cultural frustration' dominates the large fields of social relationships between human beings."

— Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents



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THE ISLAND


Part I —  UNDERSTANDING THE
ISLAND SYNDROME
The Island Syndrome
1. What Is the Island Syndrome?
2. What's in the News?
3. Difficult Questions
4. Why the Nature of Communication...
5. No Man Is an Island
6. Putting a Name to the Malaise
7. The Lady and the Psychiatrist
Living in the Bubble
8. What's in the News?
9. The Three Mandatory Machines
10. Life in the Bubble
11. Why We Keep On Keeping On
12. The Lady and the Psychiatrist
The Importance of the Brain's Biochemical Environment
13. What's in the News?
14. The Story of Dave
15. Importance of Neurotransmitters
16. The Stuff of Moods, Feelings and...
17. What Does Dave Need?
18. The Lady and the Psychiatrist
Part II —  A LINK BETWEEN BIOLOGY
AND TECHNOLOGY
19. Introduction to Part II
20. The Island Syndrome
21. Excessive Text Messaging
22. Excessive Pornography Use
23. Understanding the Biology
24. Hormones and Neurotransmitters
25. The Pleasure Center
26. Too Much, Too Fast: Craving and...
27. The Female and Male Brains
28. Biology of Excessive Text Messaging
29. Biology of Excessive Pornography...
30. Conclusion: The Island Syndrome...
31. References