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The only evolutionary backed self destructive behavior I can think of is that which in certain situations the act of sacrificing one's self will aid the passing of one's genes through the next of kin. MAYBE one can come up with a scenario where say, two siblings encounter a lion, one then acts as a sacrifice so that the other can survive. That's a long shot ...


There are many different uses for the word "stress". Let's not confuse them. Self-destructive behavior is usually related to the stress response. Here, I believe you mean psychological stress. Stress response has a different meaning. Self-destructive behaviour may be used to cope with psychological stress. stress usually is also a source of ...

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