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Author Falk, John H. (John Howard), 1948-, author.

Title Born to choose : evolution, self, and well-being / John H. Falk.

Published New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.


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Physical description 1 online resource
Contents Born to choose : an introduction -- Well-being and choice -- Well-being, self and self-related needs -- The origins of well-being systems -- Well-being systems and the brain -- The well-being system model -- Continuity (originating more than 3.7 billion years ago) -- Individuality (originating more than 3.5 billion years ago) -- Sexuality (originating more than 2 billion years ago) -- Relationality (originating more than 600 million years ago) -- Social awareness (originating more than 16 million years ago) -- Envisaging (originating more than 5 million years ago) -- Creativity & spirituality (originating more than 350 thousand years ago) -- Understanding the individual in the moment -- Understanding the individual over time -- Understandings beyond the individual -- Afterword.
Summary Why do we make the choices we do? In his new book, John H. Falk sets out to offer a broad take on why humans make the never-ending set of choices they do, every second of every day of their lives. Synthesizing research from across the biological and social sciences, Falk argues that the complexities of human choice-making arose over a long stretch of evolutionary time. Combining synthesis with his own perspectives, he asserts that choice-making is an ancient, biological mechanism that has undergone continuous refinement and retooling over the ages to accommodate the needs of ever more complex life forms living ever more complex lives. What is often perceived as a single almost linear act is, in Falk's account, actually the integration of countless on-going processes enabling a person to proactively navigate constantly changing realities within the social and physical world.Highly engagingly written, Born to Choose offers a captivatingly fresh perspective that is sure to spark interest and debate. It is an invigorating read that is suitable for all.
Subject Evolutionary psychology.
Human beings -- Psychology.
ISBN 9781315105949 (e-book : PDF)
9781351602655 (e-book: Mobi)
9781629585628 (hardback)
9781629585635 (paperback)
Standard Number 10.4324/9781315105949