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Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle (born 1948) is a clinical psychologist and a professor of the sociology of science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Born in New York City, she has focused her research on psychoanalysis and culture and on the psychology of people's relationship with technology, especially computer technology and computer addiction.


  • Psychoanalytic Politics: Jacques Lacan and Freud's French Revolution (1978)
  • The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (1984)
  • Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (1995) (paperback ISBN 0684833484)

In The Second Self whe uses mainly Jean Piaget's psychology discourse for disussing how children learn about computers, and how this affects their and our minds.

In Life on the Screen, Turkle claims that misrepresenting oneself in a MUD may be therapeutic. As far as women and computers are concerned, Turkle points out women's "non-linear" approach to the technology, calling it "soft mastery" and "bricolage" (as opposed to the "hard mastery" of linear, abstract thinking and computer programming).

Turkle has been referred to as "cybershrink" by parts of the media.

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