Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Hypothesizing on a new psychology, a new "evolutionary therapy"
The call would be for a new psychology, or a reinvigorated and deepened evolutionary psychology---I once suggested the term "evolutionary therapy." This time it would be a psychology in accord with the knowledge that virtually all behavioral traits are heritable. This suggests that such fields as psychoanalysis and much of psychological therapy were a dead end, or worse. And pills that relieve symptoms alone are not really enough, although they do make some corporations very rich.
Since behavior is derived mainly from the biological origin of social behavior, this suggests that behavioral changes in genetics will be needed in relieving neurosis. As the writer Jayman recently pointed out, such supposedly culturally-defined healthy activities as exercising more are also the result of genetic traits.
So now the decades old definition of human nature defined by the science of sociobiology as being basically kin-centered, gender defined, age-graded, heterosexual marriage-making, hierarchical, ethnocentric, even xenophobic, and religious-making, among other things, with group-selection as the primary unit of successful selection, followed by individual selection, can enter into the field of evolutionary therapy.
Denial of real human nature would be considered psychologically and genetically unhealthy and neurotic. For example, cultural Marxism, which now rules our academic institutions, would be seen as philosophically, psychologically, and genetically damaging to individuals and nations.
Even the bonding effect of religion can be included in the psychology of evolutionary therapy, as the activation toward evolving to real Godhood in the material and supermaterial world becomes our most sacred philosophical, psychological, and genetic goal, making a truly holistic definition of good health.
And of course evolutionary therapy would remain entirely voluntary. I'm not suggesting here Orwell's dystopia.