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The evolution of suicide

Author: C A Soper
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018]
Series: Evolutionary psychology (Series)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This thought-provoking volume offers a distinctly human evolutionary analysis of a distinctly human phenomenon: suicide. Its 'pain and brain' model posits animal adaptations as the motivator for suicidal escape, and specific human cognitive adaptations as supplying the means, while also providing a plausible explanation for why only a relatively small number of humans actually take their own lives. The author  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)1046075723
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: C A Soper
ISBN: 9783319773001 3319773003
OCLC Number: 1046633951
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 289 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
Reviewing the options: noise, adaptation, and by-product --
Suicide as a by-product of 'paint and brain' --
"Keepers" : last-line, anti-suicide defences --
Common mental disorders (CMDs) as keepers --
"Pain-type fenders" : frontline anti-suicide mechanisms --
"Brain-type fenders" : restricting access to the suicide idea --
Summary, conclusions, implications.
Series Title: Evolutionary psychology (Series)
Responsibility: C.A. Soper.

Abstract:

This thought-provoking volume offers a distinctly human evolutionary analysis of a distinctly human phenomenon: suicide. Its 'pain and brain' model posits animal adaptations as the motivator for suicidal escape, and specific human cognitive adaptations as supplying the means, while also providing a plausible explanation for why only a relatively small number of humans actually take their own lives. The author hypothesizes two types of anti-suicide responses, active and reactive mechanisms prompted by the brain as suicide deterrents. Proposed as well is the intriguing prospect that mental disorders such as depression and addiction, long associated with suicidality, may serve as survival measures.

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