This review of recent evolutionary theories on psychopathology takes on controversies and contradictions both with established psychological thought and within the evolutionary field itself. Opening with the ancestral origins of the familiar biopsychosocial model of psychological conditions, the book traces distinctive biological and cultural pathways shaping human development and their critical impact on psychiatric and medical disorders. Analyses of disparate phenomena such as jealousy, social anxiety, depressive symptoms, and antisocial behavior describe adaptive functions that have far outlasted their usefulness, or that require further study and perhaps new directions for treatment. In addition, the book's compelling explorations of violence, greed, addiction, and suicide challenge us to revisit many of our assumptions regarding what it means to be human.
Included in the coverage:
· Evolutionary foundations of psychiatric compared to non-psychiatric disorders.
· Evolutionary psychopathology, uncomplicated depression, and the distinction between normal and disordered sadness.
· Depression: is rumination really adaptive?
· A CBT approach to coping with sexual betrayal and the green-eyed monster.
· Criminology's modern synthesis: remaking the science of crime with Darwinian insight.
· Anthropathology: the abiding malady of the species.
With its wealth of interdisciplinary viewpoints, The Evolution of Psychopathology
makes an appropriate supplementary text for advanced graduate courses in the evolutionary sciences, particularly in psychology, biology, anthropology, sociology, and philosophy.
Todd K. Shackelford received his Ph.D. in evolutionary psychology in 1997 from the University of Texas-Austin. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where he is Co-Director of the Evolutionary Psychology Lab. He led the founding of new Ph.D. and M.S. programs, which launched in 2012. Shackelford has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and has edited 10 volumes, and his work has been cited over 7,000 times. Much of Shackelford's research addresses sexual conflict between men and women, with a special focus on testing hypotheses derived from sperm competition theory. Since 2006, Shackelford has served as editor of Evolutionary Psychology.
Virgil Zeigler-Hill received his Ph.D. in social-personality psychology in 2004 from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Oakland University. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books. His primary research interests are in four interrelated areas: self-esteem, narcissism, cognitive representations of the self, and interpersonal relationships.
Evolutionary Foundations of Psychiatric Compared to Non-Psychiatric Disorders.- Taking People As They Are: Evolutionary Psychopathology, Uncomplicated Depression, and the Distinction between Normal and Disordered Sadness.- Depression: Is Rumination Really Adaptive?.- The Evolution of Social Anxiety.- Jealousy, Infidelity, and the Difficulty of Diagnosing Pathology: A CBT Approach to Coping with Sexual Betrayal and the Green-Eyed Monster.-