Mental disorders. An enigmatic legacy of evolution

Los trastornos mentales. Un enigmático legado de la evolución - Joseba Achotegui

Abstract

Starting from the base that the evolutionary theory is next to the theory of the relativity one of the two pillars fundamental of the science, the book approaches how to apply this evolutionist theory to the area of the mental health. It is argued that the evolutionary perspective is complementary to that of the other schools of psychology and psychiatry and that it studies mental disorders in relation to the degree of adaptation of psychic functioning, understanding that adaptation is apt and that natural selection is the great arbiter of evolution determining what behaviours pass from generation to generation and which behaviours disappear. It is considered that mental disorders are operations that have been able to have an adaptive sense in some moments of evolution.

Translated Title: Mental disorders. An enigmatic legacy of evolution

Original title: Los trastornos mentales. Un enigmático legado de la evolución

Author: Joseba Achotegui Loizate

ISBN: 9788461623969

Edition date: 01/12/2012

Publishing house: Ediciones El Mundo de la Mente

Binding Format: paperback

Number of pages: 127

Format: 20 x 14 cm

Language: Spanish