chapter  Chapter Nine
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Setting the stage for an adaptationist programme

ByRobert Langs, James O. Raney, David Smith

Adaptive failures have far outweighed adaptive successes, and compromise seems to be the norm. Such indeed, as has already been suggested and appears very much to be the case with the emotion-processing mind. Puzzling features of the emotion-processing mind are insufficiently explained by studies and postulates developed on the basis of the non-evolutionary sub-theories in the hierarchy of psychoanalytic theory, including the communicative approach, and it is therapist hope that their adaptationist programme will help to account for their present existence. The emotion-processing mind is split with regards to frame-related interventions and moments. It reacts unconsciously to frame deviations in terms of the great harm they cause, even as they are welcomed consciously. To grasp the evolutionary history of the emotion-processing mind, then, therapist must consider not only genetically programmed adaptations, but also higher-level coping strategies based on cognitive capabilities within individuals and shared with others.