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Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry (Hardback)

By Nesse, Randolph M.

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One of the world's most respected psychiatrists provides a much-needed new evolutionary framework for making sense of mental illness With his classic book Why We Get Sick, Randolph Nesse established the field of evolutionary medicine. Now he returns with a book that transforms ou...r understanding of mental disorders by exploring a fundamentally new question. Instead of asking why certain people suffer from mental illness, Nesse asks why natural selection has left us with fragile minds at all. Drawing on revealing stories from his own clinical practice and insights from evolutionary biology, Nesse shows how negative emotions are useful in certain situations, yet can become excessive. Anxiety protects us from harm in the face of danger, but false alarms are inevitable. Low mood prevents us from wasting effort in pursuit of unreachable goals, but it often escalates into pathological depression. Other mental disorders, such as addiction and anorexia, result from the mismatch between modern environments and our ancient human past. Taken together, these insights and many more help to explain the pervasiveness of human suffering, and show us new paths for relieving it. Good Reasons for Bad Feelings will fascinate anyone who wonders how our minds can be so powerful, yet so fragile, and how love and goodness came to exist in organisms shaped to maximize Darwinian fitness.
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ISBN 9780241291085
Released NZ 19 Feb 2019
Publisher Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780241291085
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Released 19 Feb 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Nesse, Randolph M.
Category Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Psychiatry
Popular Science
Evolution
Human Biology & Related Topics
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 35mm
Dewey Code 616.89001
Weight 611g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Psychiatry - Philosophy, Mental illness - Etiology, Evolutionary psychology
NBS Text Psychology: Professional & General
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade

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