Evolutionary Origins Of Depression

Feb 24, 2014

When you look at the life span of the human species, we're still pretty young. 

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It wasn't so long ago that our ancestors faced threats from disease and predators.

They evolved over time to be best-prepared for threats, and emotions are part of the mix. 

But the set of emotions for surviving a hostile world may not be the best emotions for today's world.  Psychologist Jonathan Rottenberg explores the ways in which our evolution work against us, in his book The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic.