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Evolutionary Psychiatry, second edition: A New Beginning Paperback – August 13, 2000
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About the Author
John Price is an associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His essays on nature have appeared, among other places, in "Orion," "The Christian Science Monitor," and "Best Spiritual Writing 2000,"
Top Customer Reviews
In order to understand this book you must be familiar fairly well with the psychiatric terms and concepts. The second requirement is being familiar with the modern theory of evolution. It is unfortunate, in my opinion, that this book does not contain any meaningful discussion of modern evolutionary concepts.
Evolutionary Psychiatry: A New Beginning is a fairly advanced scientific text, which is structured as a psychiatric textbook. This book, however, is not a textbook of evolutionary psychiatry. The theories described in this book are either developed or supported by Drs. Stevens and Price. Other ideas are, at best, mentioned in passing. The book is, therefore, necessarily biased.
The authors mentioned that they were criticized for trying to jump ahead of the main pack of researchers. Although the contributions of Drs. Stevens and Price to the field are substantial, there may be some truth in those allegations.
Writing a textbook requires a certain critical mass of knowledge on the subject to become commonly accepted, if not indisputable. Evolutionary psychology and psychiatry have not amassed the necessary amount of accepted facts and theories yet. The other reason why evolutionary psychiatry remains largely speculative is that the very scientific basis of it - the modern evolutionary theory - is far from having certain answers to too many questions (for example, T. J.Read more ›
However, while some chapters contain pristine accounts of how disorders concerning mood and anxiety are linked to the evolution of rank and affiliation traits, others (schizophrenia and borderline disorder) fail to explain symptoms from an evolutionary perspective. Furthermore, Stevens grounds his work more in psychoanalytical psychology (Jung, Bowlby) than in psychiatry.
Overall, this is a good primer, and some chapters might also be included in undergraduate syllabi in an evolutionary psychiatry classes.
comprehensive and written for the advanced reader but it is a MUST for ALL and should be mandatory reading for any
progressive school or person. The book discusses several human brain conditions from anxiety all to way to schizophrenia and
discusses their definition, diagnosis, origins, prevalence, reasons for existing, etc.... What I specifically noted about this book, apart from all the good that has been written, is its attempt to remove, as much as possible, human biases in the science of psychology and psychiatry and to just state "Just the facts mam". They even admit to the pitfalls of the traditional fields of psychology and psychiatry (e.g. psychoanalysis). A MUST for those wanting to move on beyond the traditional psychobable
and self-help; towards real science.
An extremely interesting book detailing evolutionary human behavior. Covers a very wide range from the history of evolutionary
thinking to the latest views. Includes: kin selection, friendship, family, group, and tribal behavioral dynamics as viewed from an
evolutionary point of view.
For further reading:
The Moral Animal : The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology by Robert Wright
Charles Darwin by John Bowlby
Darwinian Psychiatry by Michael T. McGuire, Alfonso Troisi
For better insights into this subject, read the book Shadow Syndromes, which describes some disorders as extremes of traits which provide benefits in more moderate forms. And read The Nurture Assumption to see what's wrong with Bowlby's attachment theory that Stevens and Price mention approvingly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found Anthony Steven's writing style to be accessible yet challenging enough to get the brain cells going. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Kelly
The text is of certain interest for psychistrists and etologists etc. but no for clinicians-therapists that are more sofisticated in their approach when they get in contact with... Read morePublished on October 23, 2010 by PACO
For any psychiatrist seeking ultimate explainations you need to read this.
Finially I read a book that offers something more than dry biology or wolly social theory. Read more
This book is an exciting attempt to lay the groundwork for a new, Darwinian science of psychiatry. It clearly shows that most if not all psychiatric disorders can be understood in... Read morePublished on September 17, 2004 by Alexander Fürstenberg