377: Randolph Nesse | Good Reasons for Bad Feelings
The Smoke Detector principle of anxiety / Why does everyone have more anxiety than they need?

Randolph Nesse (@randynesse) is the founding director of the Center for Evolution Medicine at Arizona State University and author of Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry.

What We Discuss with Randolph Nesse:

  • What possible purpose do anxiety, depression, and anger serve from an evolutionary standpoint?
  • Why the body's mechanisms for keeping us safe often overreact, and what we can do to get a handle on them when they work a little too well.
  • The evolutionary upsides to worrying about what other people think of us.
  • Why natural selection shapes our behavior toward reproduction rather than health and longevity.
  • Why do women often go for the reckless mate instead of the safe mate -- and why do men stick around at all?
  • And much more...

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