Do We Need to Be So Screwed Up?!: A New Evolutionary Perspective on Happiness

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John Hunt Publishing, 2012 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 267 pages
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Modern life is full of problems - in individuals and in society too. Increasingly we see damaged and disturbed children, mental health problems, addictions of many kinds, antisocial behavior, and crime, violence and war. So it seems sensible to ask: does life have to be this way? Was it always like this for human beings? We've been around for maybe as much as two million years: surely we didn't evolve to live such difficult and dysfunctional lives? Do We Need To Be So Screwed-Up?! sets out to discover the answer to this question – and finds plentiful evidence to show that, on the contrary, human beings evolved to be naturally egalitarian, cooperative, and peaceful. Indeed, for over 95% of our history – until about 10,000 years ago - that is how we were: kind, cheerful and happy! This is a paradigm-busting re-evaluation of human nature and our potential for happiness.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Puzzle of Altruism and Egalitarianism
25
Do They Create Saner People Than DominatorStyle Civilisations?
53
What Else Makes for a Partnership Society?
84
How Dominator Cultures Came Into Being
96
Natural Upbringings
117
Harmful Childhoods
141
Burying Partnership Cultures
169
Hindering Happiness and Wellbeing
192
Spirituality Screwed up and Unscrewed up
203
The Effects of Dominator Society on Our Love Lives
212
Matrilineal Love Lives
225
Towards a New Partnership World
236
References
250
Acknowledgements
258
Copyright

What is It? What is Its Source?
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