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Author Burnham, Terry.

Title Mean genes : from sex to money to food, taming our primal instincts / Terry Burnham and Jay Phelan.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Pub., [2000]


Location Call No. Status
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  155.7 BURNHAM    Check Shelf
 Portland Public Library - Adult Department  155.7 BUR    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  155.7 BURNHAM    Check Shelf
Description 263 pages ; 22 cm
Note Includes index.
Contents Introduction: Our toughest battles are with ourselves -- Thin wallets and fat bodies -- Constant cravings -- Romance and reproduction -- Family, friends, and foes -- Conclusion: Surviving desire.
Summary Explains the genetic role behind "modern" problems such as thrill-seeking, infidelity, eating disorders, and addiction. Burnham and Phelan examine the connection between genes and human behavior, probing such issues as body image, money, addictions, and more. Reveals why we want (and do) so many things that are bad for us. Burnham, a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School, and Phelan, a biology professor at the University of California-Los Angeles, reveal that our struggles for self-improvement are battles against our own genes that helped our distant ancestors flourish but are selfish and out of place in the modern world. They examine issues such as body image, money, addiction, and the search for friendship and love, and use knowledge of the connections between genes and behavior to offer steps for improving the quality of our lives.
Subject Self-management (Psychology)
Self-help techniques.
Genetic psychology.
Added Author Phelan, Jay.
ISBN 0738202304
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