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The infested mind : why humans fear, loathe, and love insects

Author: Jeffrey Alan Lockwood
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The human reaction to insects is neither purely biological nor simply cultural. And no one reacts to insects with indifference. Insects frighten, disgust and fascinate us. Jeff Lockwood explores this phenomenon through evolutionary science, human history, and contemporary psychology, as well as a debilitating bout with entomophobia in his work as an entomologist. Exploring the nature of anxiety and phobia, Lockwood  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Lockwood, Jeffrey Alan, 1960-
Infested mind
(DLC) 2013005383
(OCoLC)829445936
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Alan Lockwood
ISBN: 9780199930203 0199930201
OCLC Number: 859536552
Notes: Includes index (203 pages).
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 204 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Prologue: the infestation begins --
The nature of fear and the fear of nature --
Evolutionary psychology: survival of the scaredest --
Learning to fear: little Miss Muffett's lesson --
A fly in our mental soup: how insects push our disgust buttons --
The maggoty mind: a natural history of disgust --
The terrible trio: imagining insects into our lives --
Treating the infested mind: exterminating entomophobia --
Overcoming fear and disgust for fun and profit: the professionals --
The infatuated mind: entomophilia as the human condition --
Entomapatheia: can't we just live and let live? --
Back to the real world: good night, sleep tight or maybe not --
Epilogue: insects as a psychological precipice.
Responsibility: Jeffrey Lockwood.

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Examines the unique psychological attitude of human beings toward insects, and discusses why people are scared, disgusted, or enthralled by them.  Read more...

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