J Korean Neuropsychiatr Assoc.  2018 May;57(2):173-189. 10.4306/jknpa.2018.57.2.173.

Evolutionary Psychiatry II-Mental Functions and Diseases from the Evolutionary Perspective

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neuropsychiatry, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea. kangug@snu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Clinical Research Institute, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Previously (Part I) the authors introduced the evolutionary biology and psychology. In the present part (Part II) of the review article, we discuss what disease is, and how diseases are explained in terms of the evolutionary perspective. Various psychologic phenomena and psychopathologic conditions are also illuminated under this evolutionary light. Through this approach, the authors hope that clinicians would search for the "normality" as well as pathology in patients, and would utilize this insight to understand and treat them accordingly.

Keyword

Evolved psychologic mechanisms; Environment of evolutionary adaptedness; Normality; Overmedicalization

MeSH Terms

Biology
Hope
Humans
Pathology
Psychology
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