Evolutionary psychology is an important and rapidly expanding area in the life, social, and behavioral sciences, and this Handbook represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference text in the field today. Chapters in this Handbook address real-world and practical applications of evolutionary psychology such as applications to medicine, psychiatry, law, and technology. The SAGE Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology is an essential resource for researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students in all areas of psychology, and in related disciplines across the life, social, and behavioral sciences. Part 1: Applications to Health and Well-Being, Part 2: Applications to Law and Order, and Part 3: Applications to Technology, Communications, and the Future.

Evolutionary Psychology and Psychiatry

Evolutionary Psychology and Psychiatry

Evolutionary psychology and psychiatry
Riadh Abed Paul St John-Smith


Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that deals with mental disorders that manifest themselves through disturbances in cognition, emotions, and behaviour. Like the rest of medicine but unlike psychology (with the exception of clinical psychology), psychiatry is an interventionist discipline that aims to modify the signs and symptoms of disorder in order to reduce/relieve individual distress and reduce risk (harm) to the individual and/or others. The contemporary failure of psychiatry to make significant progress in understanding the aetiology of mental disorders has been characterized as a ‘crisis’ by leading evolutionists (Brune et al., 2012); a fact that has also been acknowledged in an ...

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