The Psychology of Defensiveness

An Integrative Security System Model of Attachment, Self-Esteem, and Worldviews

Authored by: Joshua Hart

Handbook of Personal Security

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9781848726758
eBook ISBN: 9781315713595
Adobe ISBN: 9781317498476

10.4324/9781315713595.ch5

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Abstract

Early men who were most afraid were those who were most realistic about their situation in nature, and they passed on to their offspring a realism that had a high survival value. The result was the emergence of man as we know him: a hyperanxious animal who constantly invents reasons for anxiety even where there are none.

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