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Why the adaptationist perspective must be considered: The example of morbid jealousy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 November 2006

Judith A. Easton*
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, Davie, FL 33314 www.toddkshackelford.com
Lucas D. Schipper*
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, Davie, FL 33314 www.toddkshackelford.com
Todd K. Shackelford*
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, Davie, FL 33314 www.toddkshackelford.com

Abstract:

We describe delusional disorder–jealous type (“morbid jealousy”) with the adaptationist perspective used by Darwinian psychiatrists and evolutionary psychologists to explain the relatively common existence and continued prevalence of mental disorders. We then apply the “harmful dysfunction” analysis to morbid jealousy, including a discussion of this disorder as (1) an end on a continuum of normal jealousy or (2) a discrete entity.

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