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Revenge: An adaptive system for maximizing fitness, or a proximate calculation arising from personality and social-psychological processes?

  • Michael Potegal (a1)

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Revenge appears among a “suite” of social interactions that includes competition, alliance building (a prerequisite for tribal revenge raids), and so forth. Rather than a modular “system” directly reflecting evolutionary fitness constraints, revenge may be (another) social cost-benefit calculation involving potential or actual aggression and proximately controlled by individual personality characteristics and beliefs that can work against fitness.

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