Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - NLU Access

Degree Name

Psy.D. Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Academic Discipline

Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Bradley Olson, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Tiffeny Jimenez, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Judah Viola, Ph.D.


This Clinical Research Project develops a proposal for the adaptive function of Freudian ambivalence through evolutionary psychology, a neo-Darwinian sub-paradigm. This proposal posits that Freudian ambivalence is a grand-superordinate adaptive program composed of two integrated bivalent superordinate programs that in turn instigate adaptive behavior. The one and then the other serve the following adaptive functions: (i) to compute the inclusive fitness costs and benefits of social objects; and (ii) to regulate adaptive psychological and physiological responses to social objects.