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Natalie J. Shook, Benjamin Oosterhoff, John A. Terrizzi & Russ Clay

In: The SAGE Handbook of Personality and Individual Differences: Volume III: Applications of Personality and Individual Differences

Chapter 6: Disease Avoidance: An Evolutionary Perspective on Personality and Individual Differences

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Disease Avoidance: An Evolutionary Perspective on Personality and Individual Differences
Disease Avoidance: An Evolutionary Perspective on Personality and Individual Differences
Natalie J. Shook Benjamin Oosterhoff John A. Terrizzi Russ Clay

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 ...

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