Dissertation - NLU Access
Psy.D. Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Bradley Olson, Ph.D.
Tiffeny Jimenez, Ph.D.
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.
Wolff, David, "The Adaptive Function of Freudian Ambivalence, A Freudian Neo-Darwinian Synthesis" (2023). Dissertations. 738.