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Chimpanzees Don't Wear Pants -- A Retired Psychiatrist Takes a Second Look at Human Nature

by:
Edward G. Long, MD (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-0731-0 ©2001
Price: $17.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 345 pages
Category/Subject: PSYCHOLOGY / General

Abstract:
Chimpanzees Don’t Wear Pants is a synthesis of modern evolutionary theory, recent studies of primate behavior, basic psychoanalytic principles, and the author's own unique understanding of individual and group behavior. Written in a style that is witty, irreverent, and honest, it addresses itself to issues that are emotionally meaningful to the reader. It shows how our genetic heritage accounts for such phenomena as the domination of women by men, our attitudes toward adultery, and our cravings for prestige and power. It explains why we are so obsessed with maintaining a favorable “image” — and why we can never stay satisfied.

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Customer Reviews

  A Treasure of Wit and Science , 10/24/2003
Reviewer: Khalil Hatoum
Thursday January 17, 2002 - 02:40PM Comments: This book is a treasure of wit, a marvel of humor, and a deep and wide view of scientific knowledge interacting with life experiences. Faithful to his patients, yet he manages to take us along a trip of social, moral, and medical satire to challenge the imp in any old practitioner, or young physician, or curious intellectual, or green budding future Mark Twain. I read the book from cover to cover, not missing any occasion to laugh or to smile. Seriously!

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  Shockingly Delighful! , 10/24/2003
Reviewer: Elaine Hill
Date: Monday April 8, 2002 - 08:07PM Comments: The Chimpanzee in each of us exposes itself on the pages of this shocking irreverent book. While our politicians and school boards debate the reality of physical evolution, Dr. Long presents convincing material that human social behavior has also evolved during mankind's long journey to become modern human. Because we share a distant origin, social behaviors exist in common with humans and African chimpanzees and other members of our animal kingdom. The interesting animal behavior studies cited in this book reveal a marvelous complexity of the social behavior of other beasts that are compelling even if human behavior was never mentioned. Rampant humor and merciless descriptive vignettes entertain while humbling our preconceived notions about our human nature. No one escapes insult. Everyone will find insights to help understand the wants that by genetic design motivate our mates, friends, enemies and ourselves. Do you need material to enliven conversations with your mate or companions? Interject a few quotations from this book for a reality check.

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