The Biological Domain

How much of human nature today is the result of behavior patterns that evolved as our ancestors solved the problems ofsurviving and reproducing?

magine living as our ancestors did a million years ago. You awaken at dawn and shrug of f the coldness of night. A few warm embers are still glowing in the fire, so you stoke it with kindling. The others in your group gather around the fire as the sun breaks the horizon. Stomachs start growling and your thoughts tur to food. Small groups form to set of f in search of berries, edible plants, and small game animals.

After a long day of hunting and gathering, the members conver ge back at their temporary home site. As night begins to fall, the group again gathers around the fire. The day's hunting and gathering have been successful and the mood is warm and animated. Tales of the hunt are reenacted, the bounty of gathered goods admired. With the group's bellies full, discussion turns to whether the group should move the next day or stay a bit longer . A successful hunter makes eye contact with his young lover, but she shyly looks away . Others notice this flirtation but do no remark on it. Mating universally draws interest. As people grow sleepy and babies are put to sleep, the young lovers quietly slip away from the group to be alone. Their warm embrace echoes events recurring millions of times as people partake of life's cycle.

Evolutionary psychology is a new and rapidly growing scientific perspective and it offers important insights into human personality. In this chapter, we will look at some of these insights in three areas: human nature, sex dif ferences, and individual differences. We will see how theories of evolutionary psychology fit wit

How much of human nature today is the result of behavior patterns that evolved as our ancestors solved the problems ofsurviving and reproducing?

the discoveries of personality psychologists and generate new lines of research in personality psychology. We will see why human mating and sexual behavior , being close to the engine of the evolutionary process, is central to personality psychology . We begin by reviewing some basic information about the theory of evolution.

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