Freudian psychoanalysis and sociobiology: A synthesis

Gary K. Leak, Steven B. Christopher

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Argues that the descriptions of human behavior offered by Freudian psychoanalysis correspond remarkably well to the predictions generated by the sociobiological application of modern evolutionary theory. The 2 paradigms are most parallel respecting the descriptions of behavior they deduce, while some important divergences occur regarding the hypothesized mediating mechanisms. Sociobiological treatment of Freudian constructs results in a view of the origins and worth of these descriptive notions based on currently acceptable scientific theory and empirical fact. (40 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-322
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


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