Do We Need To Be So Screwed Up?!: A New Evolutionary Perspective on Happiness

Do We Need To Be So Screwed Up?!: A New Evolutionary Perspective on Happiness

by Suki Pryce

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Do We Need To Be So Screwed Up?!: A New Evolutionary Perspective on Happiness by Suki Pryce

Modern life is full of problems - increasingly we see damaged and disturbed children, mental health problems, addictions of many kinds, antisocial behaviour, and crime, violence and war. So it seems sensible to ask: does life have to be this way? Was it always like this for human beings? We've been around for maybe as much as two million years: surely we didn't evolve to live such difficult and dysfunctional lives? Do We Need To Be So Screwed-Up?! sets out to discover the answer to this question and presents a paradigm-busting re-evaluation of human nature and our potential for happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846946639
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2012
Pages: 267
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Chris Knight, author of Blood Relations viii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Human Origins: The 'Puzzle' of Altruism and Egalitarianism 25

Chapter 3 Hunter-Gatherer Societies: Do They Create 'Saner' People Than Dominator-Style Civilisations? 53

Chapter 4 What Else Makes for a Partnership Society? 84

Chapter 5 How Dominator Cultures Came Into Being 96

Chapter 6 Creating Undamaged People: Natural Upbringings 117

Chapter 7 Creating Damaged People: Harmful Childhoods 141

Chapter 8 'Burying' Partnership Cultures 169

Chapter 9 Creating Happiness: What is It? What is Its Source? 181

Chapter 10 Hindering Happiness and Well-being 192

Chapter 11 Spirituality - Screwed up and Unscrewed up 203

Chapter 12 Screwed up Sexuality: The Effects of Dominator Society on Our Love Lives 212

Chapter 13 Unscrewed up Sexuality: Matrilineal Love Lives 225

Chapter 14 Towards a New Partnership World 236

References 250

Acknowledgements 258

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