The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects

The human response to bugs is neither simply organic nor easily cultural. And not anyone reacts to bugs with indifference. bugs frighten, disgust and fascinate us. Jeff Lockwood explores this phenomenon via evolutionary technological know-how, human historical past, and modern psychology, in addition to a debilitating bout with entomophobia in his paintings as an entomologist. Exploring the character of hysteria and phobia, Lockwood explores the energetic debate approximately how a lot of our worry of bugs will be attributed to ancestral predisposition for our personal survival and what sort of is realized via person reports. Drawing on shiny case reviews, Lockwood explains how bugs have come to infest our minds in occasionally devastating methods and supersede even the main rational figuring out of the advantages those creatures supply.

No possible declare to be ambivalent within the face of wasps, cockroaches or maggots yet our collective entomophobia is wreaking havoc at the flora and fauna as we soak our nutrition, houses and gardens in strong pesticides. Lockwood dissects our universal reactions, distinguishing among disgust and worry, and invitations readers to contemplate their very own emotional and physiological reactions to bugs in a brand new framework that he is derived from state-of-the-art organic, mental, and social science.

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