- As an “adaptive” act of survival, “phylogenesis” assists in the “development” of a Multiple system, and in the “diversification” of selfs within a set environment (Merriam-Webster Unabridged, 2017, np. & Schore, 2012, pp. 72-73).
“Primary emotional responses have been preserved through phylogenesis because they are adaptive. They provide an immediate assessment of the extent to which goals or needs are being met in interaction with the environment, and they reset the organism behaviorally, physiologically, cognitively, and experientially to adjust to these changing circumstances” (Schore, 2012, pp. 72-73).
“Phylogenesis n. the evolutionary development and diversification of a species or group or organisms, or of a feature of an organism. Compare with ontogenesis” (Merriam-Webster Unabridged, 2017, np.).
Merriam-Webster Unabridged, 11 July 2017. Retrieved from unabridged.merriam-webster.com
Schore, A. N. (2012). Right brain affect regulation: An essential mechanism of development, trauma, dissociation, and psychotherapy. In Schore, A. N. The science of the art of psychotherapy (Norton series on interpersonal neurobiology). New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.