The Evolution of Psychopathology

  • Todd K. Shackelford
  • Virgil Zeigler-Hill

Part of the Evolutionary Psychology book series (EVOLPSYCH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, Thomas Haarklau Kleppestø, Simen Mjøen Larsen, Bjørn Emil Gloppen Jørgensen
    Pages 73-92
  3. Sarah F. Brosnan, Erin B. Tone, Lawrence Williams
    Pages 93-116
  4. Elizabeth M. Hill, Lindsey Hunt, Daniel G. Duryea
    Pages 141-169
  5. Nicholas Kavish, Kasey Fowler-Finn, Brian B. Boutwell
    Pages 171-183
  6. Sarah A. Perry
    Pages 185-197
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-228

About this book


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.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Todd K. Shackelford
    • 1
  • Virgil Zeigler-Hill
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOakland UniversityRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyOakland UniversityRochesterUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60575-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60576-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-9898
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-9901
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