Developmental Psychologist and Observer of Consumer Behavior Collaborate to Release Nations of One

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New book examines how a new personal psychology is emerging in reaction to socioeconomic and technological innovation.

In the twenty-first century, the nature of human interactions and of the human psyche is evolving in new directions. For the better part of two decades, authors Lena Ericksen and Marc Shimazu have been observing how individuals are responding to the ever-increasing rate of social, economic and technological change. In their new book, Nations of One: The Emerging Psychology of the 21st Century, they examine the rise of a new psychology that has developed as an adaptation to the rapidly evolving modern world.

Truly, the pace of change accelerates with each passing second. Relationships that were once life-long become fleeting experiences; economic swings and social innovations alter every aspect of our lives; and new technologies remake the workplace, the home, the classroom, and even our minds. Nations of One: The Emerging Psychology of the 21st Century examines these changes and the new psychology that has developed in response—Hyper-individuation.

According to the authors, Hyper-individuation is a new personal frame of reference through which the lone man or woman views the world that exists beyond the self. In this new psychical arrangement the most important tie for the individual man or woman is increasingly the one between the self and the over-arching global economic system that supports his or her existence. This book further explains its origin, context, and its implications for our personal and collective futures.

Written in eleven chapters, Nations of One: The Emerging Psychology of the 21st Century is also an invitation for readers to pause in the midst of swift and inexorable transformation, and consider the evolving nature of their own personal lives in the modern world. For more information on this book, log on to

About the Author
Lena Ericksen is a life-span developmental psychologist. She has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. She is currently Senior Instructor at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, where she has lectured in the departments of Psychology, Political Science, and Education.

Marc Shimazu is an artist, designer, and writer. As the head of regional advertising for a multi-national corporation, he has been a keen observer of consumer behavior for over two decades.

Nations of One * by Lena Ericksen & Marc Shimazu
The Emerging Psychology of the 21st Century
Publication Date: August 23, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 140 pages; 978-1-4535-3910-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 140 pages; 978-1-4535-3911-8

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