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Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry Hardcover – 19 Feb 2019


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Nesse's book offers fresh thinking in a field that has come to feel stagnant (The Financial Times)

This intriguing book turns some age-old questions about the human condition upside down . . . In an engaging, storytelling voice that rests on 30 years of clinical practice, he offers a series of insights. (The Observer)

Insights that radically reframe psychiatric conditions ... As Good Reasons for Bad Feelings boldly posits, many of the core dysfunctional components of mental illness ultimately help to make us human. (Adrian Woolfson Nature)

Using [...] fascinating insights, Nesse suggests novel and revolutionary ways to treat mental illness. (The Daily Mail)

[Nesse's] basic conception of the mind feels like good, common sense. (The Sunday Times)

All psychiatrists and patients who find themselves having occasional "bad feelings" about our current understanding of mental illness will have many "good reasons" to consult this book. I do fully expect that someday nearly all psychiatry will be identified as evolutionary psychiatry. If so, Randolph Nesse's book should be seen as the field's founding document. (David P. Barash The Wall Street Journal)

A compelling case for locating mental illness within an evolutionary frame-work . . . an excellent and timely account of the history, development andimplications of evolutionary psychiatry. (Frank Tallis The Evening Standard)

Highly accessible, scholarly and deeply illuminating . . . this will become a treasured classic; not just for clinicians but for all those interested in how to facilitate well-being and create more moral communities and societies. (Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, author of Compassionate Mind, and Living like Crazy)

This is a wise, accessible, highly readable exploration of an issue that goes to the heart of human existence. (Robert M. Sapolsky, author of Behave)

Two sets of ideas inform this fine book: one, the cold-hearted logic of natural selection; the other, the practical wisdom of a compassionate psychiatrist. The tension is palpable. The result is riveting. (Nicholas Humphrey, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, London School of Economics, author of Soul Dust)

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One of the world's most respected psychiatrists provides a much-needed new evolutionary framework for making sense of mental illness.

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