I wrote this for a stress article - since TMS is a stress disorder I thought it might be of interest Consider This With the advent of electronic and on line media what better way for a large percentage of the population to express or create a “False Self” You are anonymous and can be anything you want – the problem is if you present this false self often enough the brain will start to think it is true and act accordingly. Then you have the cognitive dissonance split. What a wonderful playground for people with wounded selves – now you can take on any identity, persona and look you want. You can even put your face on another body. I know young people are really involved in technology and many have never known a time when reality could not be altered with a keystroke. This lack of external consistency is extremely damaging to the human psyche – it is like living in a world where the ground is not solid and everything is situational. Simply you can not trust anything – not even your eyes and ears. If you ever watch an animal that has found a change in their environment you see the stress involved in change. Watch a cat circle and tap something new on the floor. Unlike a cat humans have a huge cortex and a drive for novel exploration. However we have the same basic limbic system that elicits a stress response to the lack of external consistency. In a nutshell our technology is creating generations of people that have no roots in reality. A hundred years ago nothing much changed and you probably had the same friends and neighbors all your life. If you saw it, it was real....no deception, no internal chaos over the what is true. Alvin Toffler was right back in 1970– we are becoming products of future shock!!