Part IV. An ethological perspective on Phychiatry: Theory and PracticeToward an etho-psychology: A phylogenetic tree of behavioral capabilities proposed as a common basis for communication between current theories in psychology and psychiatry
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AbstractBehavior, emotion, and intellect are capabilities that result from physiological processes in nerve tissues. One can therefore argue that phylogenetic laws are valid for these capabilities as well as for the tissues themselves. The author introduces a phylogenetic branching tree showing the evolutionary development of behavioral and intellectual capabilities. It will be pointed out how this sequence of capabilities can be understood as homologies or as convergently developed in relation to man. Further, it will be attempted to demonstrate how this naturalistic model can provide a common basis for communication between proponents of competing theories in the field of psychology.

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