Evolutionary Psychology Vs Evolutionary Psychology

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Evolutionary psychology has been criticized by many, and before I took this class I was not sure which side of the debate I was on. I felt like evolutionary psychology suggested behavior is caused by nature alone, and to some extent it does, but it depends on interpretation. It searches for biological and physiological causes for human behavior, emotions, and motivation. In my other psychology classes I was hearing different views about evolutionary theory from my professors. One professor stated that evolutionary theory pretty much claims that rape is natural and inevitable. That, of course, made me really angry. I did not understand how anyone could believe and spread such an idea. My professor of brain and behavior, and also sensory perception, …show more content…
It does seem plausible though, that if ones only life goal was to reproduce as many offspring as possible, rape would be an effective technique. This realization made me, simultaneously, feel more and less empathetic to rape perpetrators. I believe that there may be urges and tendencies to have certain thoughts about rape because humans once engaged in it for more effective survival. At the same time, if an human acts on these urges, than they show us they are a human, yes, but a primitive human. If someone can rape, it means that they have not grown enough to learn control, respect, or compassion. I do not deny the fact that we live in a rape culture simply because I accept this piece of evolutionary theory. Our culture subscribes to rape myths that perpetuates rape, and this is different from the evolutionary perspective of rape. Both nature and nurture together make this such a complex and anger provoking issue for me. I accept evolutionary psychology because I understand the necessity of learning about the origins of human species, because it was a time of great growth and importance. Although, we cannot simply accept these realizations. Knowledge and education is the greatest tool for change, and understanding our past development will lead to future …show more content…
I think it is important to note that I do not often feel socially anxious now, and only with these removed emotions am I able to analyze my experience. I was very nervous going to school at that age (12-14ish). I was uncomfortable with my body. I felt that everyone was laughing at me if I heard laughter. I would not go to a party, especially a sleep over, if I did not feel very close with the friend throwing the party. My anxiety was probably not diagnosable, but these feelings were there just the same. At this point in my life, things were getting more emotionally difficult, making friends more important. What my friends thought of me, their approval, and their opinions also became very important. It is interesting to analyze this because I realize that this was the time I was going through puberty. Suddenly I was physically able to reproduce; an ability that is praised above others in terms of survival. From an evolutionary perspective, this was the beginning of the most important time in my existence. What the people around me thought was so much more important now that I needed to be a part of the group so I could pass on my genes. In the past my anxiety would have provoked me to comply with the wishes of the group a little more, or become a leader. I would have a greater need to fit in, find a mate, and find social support to help me when I did reproduce. These adaptive emotions turned into

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