Journal of Evolutionary Psychology

Journal of Evolutionary Psychology is a magazine specializing in Science topics.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 1-2, March

A Girl's Best Friend Is Her Mother: The Exorcist as a Post-Modern Oedipal Tale
While teaching The Exorcist to a group of high-school seniors in 2001, I began our class discussion by asking, "Why does Regan only kill men?" One student blithely replied, "Because she's got an oedipal thing." We had spent the previous semester reading...
A Jungian Approach to Ford Madox Ford's the Good Soldier; John Dowell Meets the Shadow
In The Good Soldier John Dowell, as narrator, struggles to understand what has transpired in his relationships with his wife, Florence, and their friends, Edward and Lecnora. Ashburnham, over a nine year period. Dowell's quest for this knowledge is...
A Man Named Mabel Bobbie Ann Mason's "Shiloh" and the Concept of Subjectivity
Virtually all of Bobbie Ann Manson's major characters suffer from an identity crisis. They spend most of their time and energy trying to avoid the complete breakdown of their identities; or they try to grip tightly to the tenuous hold they have on...
American History X, Morrison's Song of Solomon, and the Psychological Intersections of Race, Class, and Place in Contemporary America
If racism is learned, can it, be unlearned? What environmental factors, such as class status and geographical place, contribute tad the individual's racist tendencies? These are two Kaye's questions relevant to a cooperative analysis of director Tony...
"I Have My Battleground No Less Than Nations": Peake's Daydream of Gormenghast
Since the inception of psychoanalysis and its theories, critics have been attempting to discern underlying meanings in a text by researching the life history of an author or the characters within particular works. This theory of psychobiography, sired...
Keeping Secrets in Anna Karenina
"I often think men do not understand the meaning of honour, though they are always talking about it." (Tolstoy, 154, emphasis added) At the end of Anna Karenina, Levin has an insight about the nature of discovering the difference between good and...
Like Father, like Sons: Miller's Negative Use of Sports Imagery in Death of a Salesman
Miller's poetic use of demotic English, the level of language which characters speak and which describes their actions and environment, creates the tragic dimension of Death of a Salesman. (1) To achieve the depths of tragedy, Miller expands, the ordinarily...
Marlow in Jakarta: Conrad's Narrative Voice in the Year of Living Dangerously (1)
Best known for its 1983 adaptation, starring Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, and Linda Hunt, Christopher J. Koch's 1978 novel The Year of Living dangerously dramatizes a subject that Joseph Conrad often depicted in his fiction: the clash of Eastern and...
Narrative Suppression: Sin, Secrecy and Subjectivity in "The Minister's Black Veil"
One of the most famous theories in Nathaniel Hawthorne scholarship is Edgar Allan Poe's assertion of "a crime of dark dye" in "The Minister's Black Veil" (138). For over a century critics concurred or demurred, expanded or expunged, but most of the...
Not at the Edge of Contemplation
As many readers of The Journal of Evolutionary Psychology may know, this author has occasionally contributed philosophical, psychological or literary quotations to The Edge of Contemplation. These have usually been thoughts of interest to the scholarly...
Permissiveness and Male vs. Female Privileges in Hispanic College Students: Factor Analysis of a Sex Attitudes Scale
Several studies have looked at sexual behavior of Hispanics (Dantzker & Eisenman, in press; Erkut, Szalacha, Coll, & Alarcon, 2000; Espin, 2003; Fierros & Brown, 2002; Flores, 1992; Pesa & Mathews, 2000; Selik, Castro & Pappaioanou,...
Political Manipulations and the Stability of Human Existence
Is it possible to speak of stability in human existence? This question has a number of answers that are positive as well as negative. In what sense is life constant, i.e. infinite? Life on our planet goes back millions of years and will probably go...
The Age of Violence
The contemporary argument concerning the display of violence, sex and other x-rated material on the TV screen represents a one-sided approach to this issue. TV shows and movies can, of course, be moderately controlled. However the question arises:...
The Form of Ordinary Statement Logic
I. The Glass Bead Game (1) Once upon a time in Athens, a rather bored woman named Andreia sat thinking of ways to amuse herself. Whereas she had read Sextus Empiricus lost interest in argumentation after the first reading, her friend Bous remained...
"Why"
FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, THE ETERNAL QUESTION, WHICH HAS AFFECTED OUR PEACE OF MIND Why does the Just man drag himself, bleeding, miserable, while the vicious person rides victoriously high on the horse? The German poet: Heinrich Heine (1797-1857)...
Wuthering Heights: The "Initiatory Step"
"An awful Sunday!" commenced the paragraph [of Catherine's diary] beneath [her drawn "caricature" of Joseph]. "I wish my father were back again. Hindley is a detestable substitute-his conduct to Heathcliff is atrocious--H. And I are going to rebel--we...