Ontogeny and Social Dominance: A Developmental View of Human Power Patterns

  title={Ontogeny and Social Dominance: A Developmental View of Human Power Patterns},
  author={Patricia H. Hawley},
  journal={Evolutionary Psychology},
  • P. Hawley
  • Published 1 April 2014
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Evolutionary Psychology
Developmental science has long evolutionary roots and has historically focused on individual differences. Accordingly, developmental models can inform conversations about phylogeny and personality. The present paper evokes life history theory to describe a theoretical model of competitive behavior that applies to both children and adults (resource control theory: RCT). The model suggests that prosocial and coercive behavior, though different in manifest form, serve similar evolutionary… Expand

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