Best Evolutionary Psychology Books
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1. Designing the Mind: The Principles of Psychitecture
Author: by Designing the Mind
The Instant Cult Classic on the Art of Reprogramming Your Own Psychological SoftwareA bold and fascinating dive into the nuts and bolts of psychological evolution, Designing the Mind: The Principles of Psychitecture is part philosophical manifesto, part practical self-development guide, all based on the teachings of legendary thinkers like Marcus Aurelius, Lao Tzu, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Abraham Maslow.
The ideas and techniques it offers are all integrated into a vital theory for helping individuals scale the heights of self-mastery and lead great lives.”A fascinating framework” – Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-ActualizationThis visionary guide argues that the mind can be compared to software, made up of many interwoven algorithms which were originally programmed by natural selection.
Though most never learn to alter their default programming, it is possible to rewire cognitive biases, change ingrained habits, and transform emotional reactions. The process of psychitecture enables you to unplug from your own mind, identify its underlying patterns, and become the architect of your own enlightenment.”It has already changed my life, and I know it will change others as well” – Aaron T.
2. Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization
Author: by Edward Slingerland
A “entertaining and enlightening” deep dive into the alcohol-soaked origins of civilizationand the evolutionary roots of humanity’s appetite for intoxication.(Daniel E. Lieberman, author of Exercised) While plenty of entertaining books have been written about the history of alcohol and other intoxicants, none have offered a comprehensive, convincing answer to the basic question of why humans want to get high in the first place.
Drunk elegantly cuts through the tangle of urban legends and anecdotal impressions that surround our notions of intoxication to provide the first rigorous, scientifically-grounded explanation for our love of alcohol. Drawing on evidence from archaeology, history, cognitive neuroscience, psychopharmacology, social psychology, literature, and genetics, Slingerland shows that our taste for chemical intoxicants is not an evolutionary mistake, as we are so often told.
In fact, intoxication helps solve a number of distinctively human challenges: enhancing creativity, alleviating stress, building trust, and pulling off the miracle of getting fiercely tribal primates to cooperate with strangers. Our desire to get drunk, along with the individual and social benefits provided by drunkenness, played a crucial role in sparking the rise of the first large-scale societies.
3. Projections: A Story of Human Emotions
Author: by Karl Deisseroth
A groundbreaking tour of the human mind that illuminates the biological nature of our inner worlds and emotions, through gripping, movingand, at times, harrowingclinical storiesPoetic, mind-stretching, and through it all, deeply human. Daniel Levitin, New York Times bestselling author of The Organized MindKarl Deisseroth has spent his life pursuing truths about the human mind, both as a renowned clinical psychiatrist and as a researcher creating and developing the revolutionary field of optogenetics, which uses light to help decipher the brain’s workings.
In Projections, he combines his knowledge of the brain’s inner circuitry with a deep empathy for his patients to examine what mental illness reveals about the human mind and the origin of human feelingshow the broken can illuminate the unbroken.
Through cutting-edge research and gripping case studies from Deisseroth’s own patients, Projections tells a larger story about the material origins of human emotion, bridging the gap between the ancient circuits of our brain and the poignant moments of suffering in our daily lives.
4. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Author: by Jonathan Haidt
The bestseller that challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to conservatives and liberals alikea landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself (The New York Times Book Review). Drawing on his twenty-five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings.
He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts.
If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.
5. Codependent No More: Practical 2021 Guidance to Fix Your Codependency, Stop Being a People Pleaser, and Start Loving Yourself
Author: by Andrei Nedelcu
Sex at Dawn challenges conventional wisdom about sex in a big way. By examining the prehistoric origins of human sexual behavior the authors are able to expose the fallacies and weaknesses of standard theories proposed by most experts. This is a provocative, entertaining, and pioneering book.
I learned a lot from it and recommend it highly.Andrew Weil, M.D. Sex at Dawn irrefutably shows that what is obviousthat human beings, both male and female, are lustfulis true, and has always been so. The more dubious its evidentiary basis and lack of connection with current reality, the more ardently the scientific inevitability of monogamy is maintainedeven as it falls away around us.Stanton Peele, Ph.D.
A controversial, idea-driven book that challenges everything you (think you) know about sex, monogamy, marriage, and family. In the words of Steve Taylor (The Fall, Waking From Sleep), Sex at Dawn is a wonderfully provocative and well-written book which completely re-evaluates human sexual behavior and gets to the root of many of our social and psychological ills.
7. The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous
Author: by Joseph Henrich
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
A New York Times Notable Book of 2020A Bloomberg Best Non-Fiction Book of 2020A Behavioral Scientist Notable Book of 2020A Human Behavior & Evolution Society Must-Read Popular Evolution Book of 2020A bold, epic account of how the co-evolution of psychology and culture created the peculiar Western mind that has profoundly shaped the modern world.
Perhaps you are WEIRD: raised in a society that is Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. If so, you’re rather psychologically peculiar. Unlike much of the world today, and most people who have ever lived, WEIRD people are highly individualistic, self-obsessed, control-oriented, nonconformist, and analytical.
They focus on themselvestheir attributes, accomplishments, and aspirationsover their relationships and social roles. How did WEIRD populations become so psychologically distinct? What role did these psychological differences play in the industrial revolution and the global expansion of Europe during the last few centuries?
8. Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Author: by Peter Godfrey-Smith
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Philosopher Peter Godfrey-Smith dons a wet suit and journeys into the depths of consciousness in Other Minds Although mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus.
In captivity, octopuses have been known to identify individual human keepers, raid neighboring tanks for food, turn off lightbulbs by spouting jets of water, plug drains, and make daring escapes. How is it that a creature with such gifts evolved through an evolutionary lineage so radically distant from our own?
What does it mean that evolution built minds not once but at least twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter? In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how subjective experience crept into beinghow nature became aware of itself.
9. Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
Author: by Robert Wright
Simon & Schuster
From one of America’s most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we sufferand the reason we make other people sufferis that we don’t see the world clearly.
At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: We can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. In this sublime (The New Yorker), pathbreaking book, Robert Wright shows how taking this promise seriously can change your lifehow it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people.
He also shows why this transformation works, drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution. This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright’s landmark book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world’s most skilled meditators.
10. When Men Behave Badly: The Hidden Roots of Sexual Deception, Harassment, and Assault
Author: by David Buss PhD
An exceptional book (Helen Fisher) by a leading evolutionary psychologist and sex researcher that lays out a new theory of sexual conflict, exposing the roots of the dangerous dynamics that underpin men’s predatory behavior and what can be done to address it.
Sexual conflict permeates ancient religions, from injunctions about thy neighbor’s wife to the permissible rape of infidels. It is etched in written laws that dictate who can and cannot have sex with whom. Its manifestations shape our sexual morality, evoking approving accolades or contemptuous condemnation.
It produces sexual double standards that flourish even in the most sexually egalitarian cultures on earth. And although every person alive struggles with sexual conflict, most of us see only the tip of the iceberg: dating deception, a politician’s unsavory sexual grab, the slow crumbling of a once-happy marriage, a romantic breakup that turns nasty.
When Men Behave Badly shows that this “battle of the sexes” is deeper and far more pervasive than anyone has recognized, revealing the hidden roots of sexual conflictroots that originated over deep evolutionary timewhich define the sexual psychology we currently carry around in our 3.5-pound brains.
11. How to Read People Like a Book: A Guide to Speed-Reading People, Understand Body Language and Emotions, Decode Intentions, and Connect Effortlessly (Communication Skills Training)
Author: by James W Williams
Revised and Updated 2nd Edition – More Content and Strategies You Can Start Implementing TodayCan We Truly Read What Others are Thinking Even Before They Say a Single Word? Are we really capable of knowing what’s inside other people’s minds, what they’re feeling, or what their plans are?
The answer is YES and it’s easier than you think! Keep reading to learn how to quickly and accurately learn everything about the people you meet. How to Read People Like a Book is a compelling read that teaches you everything you need to learn about reading other people’s body language, learning their motivations, and uncovering their true intentions so you can foster deeper, more authentic relationships anytime, anywhere!
Master the art of reading people like a book!James W. Williams, master communicator and body language expert, has had a life-long fascination with shows like CSI, The Mentalist, and Lie to Me, mainly because they showcase characters who have quite a knack for figuring people out.
12. The Skills Training Manual for Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide for Treating Disorders of Overcontrol
Author: by Thomas R. Lynch PhD FBPsS
Radically open dialectical behavior therapy (RO DBT) is a groundbreaking, transdiagnostic treatment model for clients with difficult-to-treat overcontrol (OC) disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, chronic depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Written by the founder of RO DBT, Thomas Lynch, this is the first and only session-by-session training manual to help you implement this evidence-based therapy in your practice.
As a clinician, you’re familiar with dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and its success in treating clients with emotion dysregulation disorders. But what about clients with overcontrol disorders? OC has been linked to social isolation, aloof and distant relationships, cognitive rigidity, risk aversion, a strong need for structure, inhibited emotional expression, and hyper-perfectionism.
And yetperhaps due to the high value our society places on the capacity to delay gratification and inhibit public displays of destructive emotions and impulsesproblems linked with OC have received little attention or been misunderstood. Indeed, people with OC are often considered highly successful by others, even as they suffer silently and alone.
13. Free to Learn
Author: by Peter Gray
A leading expert in childhood development makes the case for why self-directed learning – “unschooling” – is the best way to get kids to learn. In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that in order to foster children who will thrive in today’s constantly changing world, we must entrust them to steer their own learning and development.
Drawing on evidence from anthropology, psychology, and history, he demonstrates that free play is the primary means by which children learn to control their lives, solve problems, get along with peers, and become emotionally resilient. A brave, counterintuitive proposal for freeing our children from the shackles of the curiosity-killing institution we call school, Free to Learn suggests that it’s time to stop asking what’s wrong with our children, and start asking what’s wrong with the system.
It shows how we can act – both as parents and as members of society – to improve children’s lives and to promote their happiness and learning.
14. The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating
Author: by David M. Buss
The groundbreaking, provocative book that uses evolutionary psychology to explain human mating and the mysteries of love. If we all want love, why is there so much conflict in our most cherished relationships? To answer this question we must look into our evolutionary past, argues prominent psychologist David M.Buss.
Based one of the largest studies of human mating ever undertaken, encompassing more than 10,000 people of all ages from thirty-seven cultures worldwide, The Evolution of Desire is the first work to present a unified theory of human mating behavior. Drawing on a wide range of examples of mating behavior – from lovebugs to elephant seals, from the Yanomam tribe of Venezuela to online dating apps – Buss reveals what women want, what men want, and why their desires radically differ.
Love has a central place in human sexual psychology, but conflict, competition, and manipulation also pervade human mating – something we must confront in order to control our own mating destiny. Updated to reflect the very latest scientific research on human mating, this definitive edition of this classic work of evolutionary psychology explains the powerful forces that shape our most intimate desires.
15. Making Sense of Race
Author: by Edward Dutton
Race is our age’s great taboo. Public intellectuals insist that it does not exist-that it’s a “social construct” and biological differences between races are trivial or “skin deep.” But as with taboos in other times, our attitude towards race seems delusional and schizophrenic.
Racial differences in sports and culture are clear to everyone. Race is increasingly a factor in public health, especially in disease susceptibility and organ donation. And in a globalized world, ethnic nationalism-and ethnic conflict-are unavoidable political realities. Race is everywhere …
And yet it’s nowhere, since the topic has been deemed “out of bounds” for frank discussion. Cutting through the contradictions, euphemisms, and misconceptions, Edward Dutton carefully and systematically refutes the arguments against the concept of “race,” demonstrating that it is as much a proper biological category as “species.”Making Sense of Race takes us on a journey through the fascinating world of evolved physical and mental racial differences, presenting us with the most up-to-date discoveries on the consistent ways in which races differ in significant traits as a result of being adapted to different ecologies.