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Prestige and Bipolarity: An evolutionary perspective.

Dr James Le Bas

Bipolar spectrum conditions arose during the Pleistocene epoch, during a time of repeated glaciation and interspecies competition for resources. Hominins are likely to have relied on communal problem solving and leadership was procured through gaining prestige, rather than by enforcing dominance. 

Prestige competition meant that individuals needed to display narrative skills, affective engagement, energisation and social goal pursuit to avoid marginalisation, which may have been fatal. Alternatively, social withdrawal may have provided a protection from ostracism through a process of “stealth”. Both of these behavioural repertoires represent prototypes of the modern day bipolar spectrum, which was selected and likely distorted through the accretion of evolutionary by-products. 

12th Biennial Australasian Schizophrenia Conference
13-14 May 2013 Melbourne, Australia.
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Dr James Le Bas

Dr James Le Bas is an Australian-based health professional. James is trained as a Psychiatrist, The University of Melbourne, Australia. Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.  Peninsula Health, Melbourne, Australia. He has a practice located in Edithvale, Victoria, Australia. 

Co-authors: Professor David Castle, A/Professor Richard Newton, Rachel Sore
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