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The examination of personality and individual differences is a major field of research in the modern discipline of psychology. Concerned with the ways humans develop an organised set of characteristics to shape themselves and the world around them, it is a study of how people come to be 'different' and 'similar' to others, on both an individual and a cultural level. This volume focuses on various contexts and applications of personality and individual differences, in chapters arranged across three thematic sections: Part 1: Health and Psychological Adjustment Part 2: Social Behavior Part 3: Personality in the Workplace With outstanding contributions from leading scholars across the world, this is an invaluable resource for researchers and graduate students.
Chapter 6: Disease Avoidance: An Evolutionary Perspective on Personality and Individual Differences
Disease Avoidance: An Evolutionary Perspective on Personality and Individual Differences
Over the past 15 years, a growing body of research has focused on the role disease avoidance may have played in the evolution of human psychology. Parasites and infectious disease most likely posed serious threats to survival and successful reproduction in our ancestral past. As such, certain personality traits and individual differences may have evolved, at least in part, to serve adaptive disease-avoidance functions. That is, psychological processes and traits that increased sensitivity to potential contamination and ...