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Author Soper, C. A.,
Title The evolution of suicide / C.A. Soper.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018]

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Series Evolutionary psychology
Evolutionary psychology (Series)
Subject Suicide -- Psychology.
Suicide -- psychology.
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.
Summary 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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9783319773001 (electronic bk.)
3319773003 (electronic bk.)
3319772996
9783319772998
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-77300-1
OCLC # 1046633951
Additional Format Print version: 3319772996 (OCoLC)1046075723