Links for 3rd July 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. The evolutionary origin of depression: Mild and bitter

    "Dr Nesse’s hypothesis is that, as pain stops you doing damaging physical things, so low mood stops you doing damaging mental ones—in particular, pursuing unreachable goals. Pursuing such goals is a waste of energy and resources. Therefore, he argues, there is likely to be an evolved mechanism that identifies certain goals as unattainable and inhibits their pursuit—and he believes that low mood is at least part of that mechanism." Hmmm. I remain unconvinced, personally.

    Tagged with: psychologydepressionadolescenceevolutionbehaviourmotivationgoalsambition

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