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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 (EPUB ebook)

By Nesse, Randolph M.

One of the world's most respected psychiatrists provides a much-needed new evolutionary framework for making sense of mental illnessWith his classic book Why We Get Sick, Randolph Nesse established the field of evolutionary medicine. Now he returns with a book that transforms our... 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 9780241291092
Published 12 Feb 2019
Publisher Penguin
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en

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ISBN-13 9780241291092
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin
Released 12 Feb 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Nesse, Randolph M.
Category Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Science: General Issues
Popular Science
Human Biology & Related Topics
Human Biology
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 616.89001
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
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