I am an outsider to psychology. I do not have education or training in psychology or any related fields. However, this outsider status allowed me to think outside the box and make the breakthrough insights provided in this book.
I am a management consultant. I was first exposed to evolutionary theory as part of an MBA course at Harvard. That exposure left me with the belief that each of our emotions must have evolved for a unique purpose.
I reasoned that if I could identify an emotion's purpose, I could identify its trigger and vice versa. Following that thought I wrote The Origin of Emotions which identifies each emotion's purpose, trigger and effect. Later, I wrote Happiness Dissected to provide a more practical and user-friendly exploration of the emotions.
Surprisingly, this breakdown of the emotions based on their purpose has not been done before. One reason is that many emotions are group adaptations - which are not considered possible by mainstream evolutionary academics. They don't believe we can evolve group adaptations, like group emotions, that cause you to harm yourself and your genes to help your group. My outsider status made it easier for me to see that group emotions do exist - revenge being the best example.
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