Why So Snide About Psychoanalysis?

Filed under: Dominance and Submission, Emotional Fossils, Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, Group Selection, The Deep Evolution of Emotion | 5 Comments

When one grasps the Darwinian dimension of psychoanalytic thinking, all the exquisite riches of a century of this creative thought about the inner dynamics of child development can viewed as the effect of natural selection.

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***”Our Two Minds, Emotions and Motivations in Human Evolution”*** The Book

Filed under: Author narrative, Dominance and Submission, Emotional Fossils, Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, Group Selection, Language, Monogamy, Sexual Selection, Summary of Philosophy, The Ascension of the Human Spirit, The Deep Evolution of Emotion, Two Mind Hypothesis

This alternative view of human nature is a deeper, richer, and far more noble narrative of our exclusively human legacy: that of an indomitable spirit possessed of a will for justice and sustained through the millennia by the bounty that it fosters.

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The Topology of the Evolution of Human Emotion

Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, Sexual Selection, The Deep Evolution of Emotion

It was with great excitement that I arrived at the University of Michigan in 1988 to attend a meeting to organize and initiate the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. The meeting was put together by psychiatrist, Randolph Nesse, whose goal was and remains to bring the Darwinian revolution not only to psychiatry but to medicine …

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The Deep Evolution of Social Emotion—5: The Veil Finally Falls

Filed under: Dominance and Submission, Evolutionary psychology, Monogamy, The Deep Evolution of Emotion

Since I had worked in prison as a young psychiatrist, and had observed the natural facility for communication between individuals within enslaved relationships, I was sure that the interactive human mind was the evolutionary result of the internalization of the relationship that defined the signature primate hierarchical social system—dominance and submission. As discussed in the …

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The Deep Evolution of Social Emotion – 4: The Blind Alley of Political Alliances

Filed under: Dominance and Submission, Evolutionary psychology, Myth, The Deep Evolution of Emotion

For two decades, I was focused on the evolution of the strengthening of political alliances between dominant and submissive individuals seen in chimpanzees as the most likely cause of the powerful group bonding that I had from the very beginning determined was the hallmark of the hominid advantage. I had written so frequently about it …

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the fight-flight response

The Deep Evolution of Social Emotion – 3: The Emergence of Hierarchy

Filed under: Dominance and Submission, Evolutionary psychology, Myth, The Deep Evolution of Emotion

In the first two blog-posts of the “Deep Evolution of Emotion” series, the attractive force of sex arrives on earth to forge the mother-infant bond for the purpose of the protection of the mother’s genetic investment in her offspring.  The genes constructed for this purpose were “turned off” before entering the lonely struggle for adult …

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The Deep Evolution of Social Emotion: 2 – The Mother-Infant Bond

Filed under: Myth, The Deep Evolution of Emotion

Sex is intermittent with a beginning, middle and end. Sex first transformed into the continuous state of attachment in the mother-infant bond.  In this process, the sexuality of mating was toned down, stripped of its aspect of consummation, and, thereby, the pleasure of increasing closeness was “stretched out” in time into a constant “feeling state.”  …

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The Deep Evolution of Social Emotion: 1- The Arrival of Desire

Filed under: Myth, Sexual Selection, The Deep Evolution of Emotion

In an earlier version of Apes, Ants, and Ancestors, I wrote the following mystical account of the evolution of emotion prior to the appearance of hominids. I had just finished a chapter on the glaring prominence of dominance and submission in  prison life. “Let us fly out from the nested bondage within that prison through …

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