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  • Financial Times  "Nesse’s book offers fresh thinking in a field that has come to feel stagnant...Recasting our psychiatric and psychological shortcomings as the unintended sprawling by-products of evolution seems a useful way of understanding why our minds malfunction in the multiple, messy ways that they do."
  • Publishers Weekly  "Nesse shows a particular knack for clearly explaining his concepts, such as anxiety’s value as a survival mechanism against predators and how the cost of fleeing in panic unnecessarily is outweighed by the benefit of doing so from a genuine threat, which he terms the smoke detector principle. Nesse fully meets his modest but laudable goal of providing a conversation-starter on why mental illness should be viewed from an evolutionary perspective."
  • Royal College of Psychiatry Evolutionary Psychiatry Special Interest Group Newsletter  "Professor Nesse’s command of the field of evolution and medicine as well as his extraordinary ability to explain enormously complex ideas in plain English with minimal use of jargon that the book is just as relevant to psychiatrist, psychologists of all levels as well as to academics interested in evolutionary science...My prediction is that the current book is destined to break some sales records and establish itself as required reading for anyone interested in an evolutionary perspective on psychiatry or psychology.
  • Starred Kirkus Review  "An ingenious exploration of how Darwinian evolution explains mental disorders....Many of us have more of certain feelings than we need, but instead of assuming that a pleasant emotion is good and a painful emotion bad, evolutionary psychiatry evaluates its appropriateness to the situation. Readers searching for an attack on psychiatry or a formula for achieving happiness have an avalanche of choices, but they will not regret choosing this book, which is neither."
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Randolph Nesse,
Jan 13, 2019, 10:33 AM
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Randolph Nesse,
Jan 13, 2019, 10:27 AM
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Randolph Nesse,
Jan 13, 2019, 10:27 AM
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