The evolution of the emotion-processing mind : with an by Robert J. Langs

By Robert J. Langs

In trying to unify psychoanalytic and evolutionary theories, Langs bargains a concise account of the most up-tp-date types of Darwinian and neo-Darwinian conception. He then develops the arguement that the emotion processing brain is an organ of edition that has advanced by means of traditional choice.

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Although there are some indica­ tions that inner needs may exert a small degree of selection pressure, by a n d large all of these ideas are untenable. They appear to reflect Freud's failure to grasp the essentials of Dar­ winian theory a n d principles of evolution, These deficiencies have had notable detrimental consequences for psychoanalytic thinking, including its entry into the adaptive a n d evolutionary realms—consequences we must now strive to correct. Some specific borrowings While Freud evidently did not comprehend the fundamentals of evolutionary theory, he did appropriate many aspects of Darwin's writings (Badcock, 1994; Ritvo, 1990; Sulloway, 1979).

He also as­ sumes that instinctual pressures are inescapable a s compared to environmental pressures, and he argues for phylogenetic or Lamarckian causes of evolution. Although there are some indica­ tions that inner needs may exert a small degree of selection pressure, by a n d large all of these ideas are untenable. They appear to reflect Freud's failure to grasp the essentials of Dar­ winian theory a n d principles of evolution, These deficiencies have had notable detrimental consequences for psychoanalytic thinking, including its entry into the adaptive a n d evolutionary realms—consequences we must now strive to correct.

This concept has had some elaboration in the recent writings of evolutionary psychoanalysts who have used it to frame the seemingly genetically determined issues and conflicts that arise in parent-child and patient-therapist interactions (Slavin & Kriegman, 1992). At the other end of this continuum lies the unexpected environment or uncertain futures problem (Plotkin, 1994; Waddington, 1969). While the average expected environment concept points to the need to stabilize the environment and parental and therapeutic care and stresses the genetic basis of adaptations, the unexpected environment problem points to ways in which the environment inevitably becomes u n ­ stable—often to an extreme degree.

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