Ben Carson can be understood as an archetype of our “old-mind” in which dominance and submission in apes evolved into obedience to the sacred authority of justice that has sustained our bounty and fertility. When our own species arose 200,000 years ago, superimposed upon our six million year evolution since apes, we evolved the passionate desire to attain social admiration, traditionally known as vanity. No one—no one—is going to make the claim that Trump is not vain.
The social mind I was studying developed over millions of years by individuals using the same diagnostic instrument I employed in examining my patients.
Our vulnerability to mental illness is similar to our vulnerability to lower back, hip, and knee pathology, which is the price we pay for the adaptive advantages of upright posture. Mental illness is similarly the price we pay for our mental capacities for large-group bonding, reflective self-awareness, and the complexity of linguistic syntax.
Jill was in turmoil. She knew that Jack had been jealous of the dog he nicknamed Sissy
The naturally and functionally “submissive” partner propels him or her into resentfully dominating the relationship.Similar to my experience treating the mental illnesses, the core emotional sickness of the reverberating resentment had to be wrestled to the ground first.
My uncle used to work at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.…