`This book issues a challenge to anyone in the field of psychotherapy who is resigned to seeing psychotherapy as solely a service activity or an art or craft. Instead, Langs invites us to see that psychotherapy, clinical technique and practice may have intricate and fundamental conditions to the scientific laws of nature and the universe. This work will also be of value to those psychotherapists who are interested in asking research questions about the process and technique of psychotherapy. It is also a refreshing read in a post modern era where the pursuit of validity and fundamental laws seems to have gone out of fashion' - New Therapist
Chapter 19: Evolution: The Mainstream Viewpoint
Evolution: The Mainstream Viewpoint
In turning to the science of evolution, I discovered that very few therapists, biologists, or cognitive scientists had explored or written about the evolution of the mind. There was a handful of evolutionary psychoanalysts and evolutionary biologists who were trying to bring ideas from evolution to psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, but they had met with little success in expanding or revising the theory and practice of psychotherapy. Nevertheless, I was intrigued and decided to look deeper.
The leading theory of evolution is, as I soon discovered, the selfish gene theory promoted mainly by Richard Dawkins (1976) as part of what is called the neoDarwinian revisions of Darwin's basic theory (Dennett, 1995). Also available were several books and papers connecting aspects of ...