Toward an evolutionary taxonomy of treatable conditions.

  title={Toward an evolutionary taxonomy of treatable conditions.},
  author={Leda Cosmides and John Tooby},
  journal={Journal of abnormal psychology},
  volume={108 3},
The definition of disorder as a harmful dysfunction (J. C. Wakefield, 1999) is a useful concept, anchored in the recognition that the evolved human architecture consists of a collection of functional mechanisms that may potentially be impaired and whose impairment may be harmful. Because natural selection organized each mechanism to solve a distinct adaptive problem under ancestral conditions, the criteria for whether a mechanism is dysfunctional are supplied by whether the mechanism has become… CONTINUE READING