Toward an evolutionary psychology of religion and personality

  title={Toward an evolutionary psychology of religion and personality},
  author={L. Kirkpatrick},
  journal={Journal of Personality},
  • L. Kirkpatrick
  • Published 1999
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Personality
  • Evolutionary psychology is an emerging paradigm for the social sciences that offers a powerful metatheoretical framework for personality psychology and, as I attempt to demonstrate in this article, for the psychology of religion as well. I argue that religion is not an evolved adaptation; rather, the diverse range of beliefs, behavior, and experience that we collectively refer to as religion emerge as byproducts of numerous, domain-specific psychological mechanisms that evolved to solve other… CONTINUE READING
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