The relatively new and controversial evolutionary approaches to psychopathology are examined in this collection edited by Paul Gilbert. Leading contributors explore some of the central evolutionary concepts that may have implications for cognitive theory and practice. The collection also focuses on specific problems where evolutionary-cognitive theory approach has been effective, for example on issues of optimism/pessimism, fear and anxiety, and command hallucinations in psychosis.
Paul Gilbert, PhD, FBPsS, received his degree from Edinburgh University in 1980 and in the same year qualified with the British Psychological Society as a clinical psychologist. He has written extensively in the areas of shame, social anxiety and mood disorder. Dr. Gilbert also has published, with Professor Birchwood, work on psychosis. More recently he has been developing psychological therapies for deep shame and self-attacking within a cognitive framework, which is called Compassionate Mind Training.