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Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry
Lu par : Arthur Morey
Durée : 11 h et 11 min
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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.

With his classic book Why We Get Sick, Dr. Randolph Nesse helped to establish the field of evolutionary medicine. Now, he returns with an audiobook 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 excessive. Anxiety protects us from harm in the face of danger, but false alarms are inevitable. Low mood prevents us from wasting effort in pursuit of unreachable goals, but it often escalates into pathological depression. Other mental disorders, such as addiction and anorexia, result from the mismatch between modern environments and our ancient human past. And there are good evolutionary reasons for sexual disorders and for why genes for schizophrenia persist. Taken together, these and many more insights help to explain the pervasiveness of human suffering and show us new paths for relieving it by understanding individuals as individuals.

Includes a Bonus PDF of charts and visuals.

Cover art © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Randolph M. Nesse (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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"An ingenious exploration of how Darwinian evolution explains mental disorders." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)   

“Nesse (Why We Get Sick), director of the Center for Evolutionary Medicine at Arizona State University, thought-provokingly comments on modern medicine’s continuing difficulties in treating mental illness.... Nesse fully meets his modest but laudable goal of providing a conversation-starter on why mental illness should be viewed from an evolutionary perspective.” (Publishers Weekly

"Nesse’s book offers fresh thinking in a field that has come to feel stagnant, even if new therapeutic avenues are not immediately obvious... 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." (The Financial Times)

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  • Brett B.
  • 04/06/2019

Hands down a must read!! HIGHLY recommend

I listened to this book on audible and it is hands down one of the best books I have ever listened to (or read)! I purchased this audiobook thinking I would learn a thing or two about mental disorders but rather learned a million things about life / humankind in general.

It is refreshing to learn that there are logical (evolutionary) reasons for our feelings, emotions, etc. I never thought about this. Even though I have no background in psychiatry nor am I involved in the medical field this book was easy to understand and follow.

I'm glad I found this book and have been recommending it to all of my friends (and now the amazon universe) to improve their lives. I read another comment mentioning this as a must read and I couldn't agree more. The author truly thinks deeply about these issues and its astonishing that he can fit all of these thoughts into 1 book. I'm very thankful.

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  • david
  • 07/08/2019

great ideas

Wow. this is very confirming and validating. i'll listen again. for me it had considerable depth in fields that only a few yrs ago didn't exist.

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  • Micah D
  • 27/05/2019

A Very Good, if Imperfect, Book

Nesse does a nice job of surveying an impossibly complex mental landscape. And he succeeds in making the ideas interesting and accessible. Truly, the book is an accomplishment. His tone is encouraging, and he approaches professions and theories with an inclusive openness. Unfortunately, that openness breaks down to unboundedness at times. His oddly strident defense of debunked psychoanalytic theory (including a shrill protest of a "purge") did not fit well in a book that claims a position on "the frontier." Similarly out of place were the heroic-insight clinical vignettes; these sophomoric tales almost certainly were forced in per editorial insistence to add human interest. The weaknesses can be forgiven, given the size of the challenge and the genuine value of this effort. Nesse's book is a provocative resource for psychiatric residents, clinical psych interns, and anyone wanting to shake up the way they think about mental health and illness.

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  • Henrik
  • 10/08/2019

Evolutionary psychiatry clearly and personally .

I enjoyed the book, and will probably listen to it also a second time. I've listened to books by Arthur Morey more than once, and his voice is becoming the voice of my most thoughtful 'friend'.