Evolution & Emotion
The past predicts the future
The fascinating topic of emotion and evolution has long been studied since Charles Darwin’s famous work, “Emotions in Man and Animals”. In this timeless treatise, Darwin observed that certain emotions are expressed across species, particularly among closely related ones, suggesting that these emotions are preserved over time through evolution.
Through modern evolutionary theory, we know that various emotions evolved at different phases in our history, beginning with primal emotions, followed by filial emotions, and later social emotions. To understand the complexities of our emotional responses, evolutionary psychologists look to how these emotions could have best served our ancestors’ lives, especially in nomadic foraging bands.
If you want to develop your social skills and emotional intelligence, we recommend delving into the best books about the evolution of emotions. By exploring this fascinating subject, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation of how we’ve evolved to express our emotions, and how they’ve helped us to adapt to the world around us.