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

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.Why do I feel bad? There is real power in understanding our bad feelings. With his classic 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 overwhelming. Anxiety protects us from harm in the face of danger, but false alarms are inevitable. Low moods prevent us from wasting effort in pursuit of unreachable goals, but they often escalate into pat...

Title : Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry
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ISBN : 9781101985663
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages
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Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry Reviews

  • Joseph L. Graves

    Essential Reading

    Nothing in biology makes sense save in the light of evolution. Nesses shines that light on the most intractable of scientific problems, the human mind and its emotions. Specifically he provides an invaluable perspective that can help us understand the origin of mental illness. However the book doesn’t just stop with the “why” questions it relates these to the “how” questions. This book can save lives. It offers traditional psychiatry a way out of its dark cave.