Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry
Author(s): Randolph M. Nesse
Original Publish Date: Feb 12, 2019
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Product Number: Z100133361
Released: Feb 12, 2019
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ISBN: #9780525499688
Narrator/s: Arthur Morey
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A founder of the field of evolutionary medicine uses his decades of experience as a psychiatrist to provide a much-needed new framework for making sense of mental illness. With his classic book Why We Get Sick, Dr. Randolph Nesse helped to establish 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 all with fragile minds. 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. And there are good evolutionary reasons for sexual disorders and for why genes for schizophrenia persist. Taken together, these and many more insights help to explain the pervasiveness of human suffering, and show us new paths for relieving it by understanding individuals as individuals. Includes a Bonus PDF of charts and visuals. Cover art © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2018

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Author(s): Randolph M. Nesse
Product Number EB00718318
Released: Feb 12, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Dutton
ISBN: #9781101985687

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