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Menopause is a phenomenon particular to the human species. It exists in nature only in very few animals. In an evolutionist view, it appears as an adaptation, the function of which was to protect prehistoric women from dangerous late pregnancies and to enhance survival of their last-born child and grandchildren.
Setting behavioral disturbances affecting humans in a natural environmental context indicates the presence of phylogenetic components in their etiology. Hysterical conversion disorders provide a good illustration. The biological model to which they can be traced seems to be the "distraction display," originally intended to deceive predators and lure them… (More)
The author's perspective is that of a naturalist and ethologist. In this paper, he looks for evidences of phylogenetic components inherited from evolutionary adaptive behaviours in the etiology of psychopathological syndromes: bipolar depressions, seasonal affective disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, hysterical syndrome, impulsive behaviours, eating… (More)