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Useful Fictions by Michael Austin
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Dec 10, 10

bookshelves: psychology, science
Read in December, 2010

Have you ever wondered what people are talking about when they discuss evolutionary psychology? This can be a complex and challenging field for newcomers, but Austin's book serves as a very accessible introduction to the field. By using literature to define and illustrate principles from evolutionary psychology, this book entertains while it explains. And if you or anyone you know struggles with anxiety, this book gives a great explanation for why primitive peoples with anxiety were selected for survival over their more laissez-faire contemporaries. So if you want to give very smart reasons for justifying being high strung, here is a book with references you can quote at cocktail parties: "I'm jumpy, therefore I am." Filled with insight, research and a few real witty zingers--and very easy to read.
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