Online Support Groups: Enhancing the User Experience with Cyber-Psychological Theory

Fullwood, Chris ORCID: 0000-0002-7714-6783 (2016) Online Support Groups: Enhancing the User Experience with Cyber-Psychological Theory. In: Applied Cyberpsychology. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 106-122. ISBN 9781137517036

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Most of us will be familiar with the well-known expression “a problem shared is a problem halved.” Conventional wisdom at least then would seem to suggest that there are distinct psychological benefits associated with unburdening your problems onto others. Perhaps there is something cathartic about getting a few things off your chest. Perhaps discussing your problems with others allows you to gain new insights from someone else’s perspective or maybe there is just some comfort in simply knowing that others are there for you when you need them. Whatever the case, no matter how resilient you might think you are, there comes a time in all of our lives when (to quote a very famous song) “we all need somebody to lean on” (Withers, 1972).

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Support; Online Community; Supportive Behaviour; Online Support; Online Support Group
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Depositing User: Chris Fullwood
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2022 09:46
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:05

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