Perceived Control and Suicide from an Evolutionary Mismatch Perspective

Jiaqing O

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Individuals are at a greater risk of killing themselves when they have developed a sense of powerlessness in relation to dealing with certain overwhelming problems in their lives. Such a drastic action, generally induced by one’s judgment that he/she is incapable of influencing an outcome of vital importance, is believed to have been adaptive in some situations for the majority of prehistory from an evolutionary perspective. However, as a result of considerable familial/social transformations in the modern environment in comparison to the ancestral context, attempts at self-murder are conceived to be much less likely to serve any useful evolutionary function in the present day.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science
EditorsTodd K. Shackelford, Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-16999-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-16999-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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