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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HG Publishing; 2nd Revised & enlarged edition (Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899398317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899398317
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.5 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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A quiet revolution -- New Scientist, April 12 2003

An entirely attainable and reasonable road map for good mental health. -- The Irish Examiner, December 2 2003

It's absolutely the right way forward. -- BBC Radio 4, 'All in the Mind', July 22 2003

[This] approach offers a refreshing alternative to reams of expensive psychobabble. -- The Big Issue, February 2004

a new book which turns the traditional way of treating depression on its head -- Raj Persaud, All in the Mind, Radio 4, July 22, 2004

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
I got divorced, had a heart attack and a complete nervous breakdown during which I got suicidal, insular and aggressively antisocial. In a nutshell, I was in a mess. My counsellor recommended this book because I wanted to know the nature of the illness I was battling. I am not an expert on psychiatry, psychology or the leading lights or concepts surrounding human behaviour. But WOW, this book helped me to understand me, why I do and think, patterning matching and so much more. I am now happy and healthy, use what I learnt to help others and would highly recommend this book to any sufferer. Professionals may criticise it but I think of it as a road to understanding and selfhelp.

Jon White
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124 of 131 people found the following review helpful By G. Bassett on 28 Aug. 2005
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I manage a supported housing project for people with mental health problems, and I have found a number of useful insights in the Human Givens approach.
Most compelling, I believe, is the excellent work the authors have done on studying the role of sleep in our emotional lives, particularly the vicious circle of excessive rumination, exhausting amounts of REM sleep, lack of energy and motivation, and so on.
The authors' undogmatic approach is welcome - taking whatever appears to be most effective from various therapies. This is not new, however. For example, Arnold Lazarus has for many years done similar work with his 'Multimodal' model of therapy (Stephen Palmer has written about this approach in the UK).
The book is also refreshingly unafraid to point out the failings of much theory and practice of therapies that simply encourage rumination on the past, to the exclusion of finding practical ways to feel better in the present. Many authors have, I feel, trodden too carefully around this area, being almost apologetic in pointing out the harm that such approaches can do. Griffin & Tyrrell should be applauded for their honesty here. Those who would dogmatically reject this book because it criticises such approaches might ask themselves whether they are more interested in being right than in doing what works for their clients.
I think there are, however, a couple of areas where the book lets itself down. Firstly, the references, though they exist, are not thorough or detailed enough for my liking. Often they simply refer to a book, without any further detail of the evidence it is supposed to contain.
Also, the tone of the book is that the Human Givens approach is revolutionary, and that it is uniquely in tune with 'human nature'.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By markss on 27 Dec. 2011
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I read Dreaming Reality by the same authors before I read this book. Human Givens takes a necessity-based approach to mental health. Rather than conjuring up sophisticated psychological ailments the authors elucidate the strong link between lacunas in basic needs and mental illness. Their most important contribution is the ''Expectation fulfilment theory" which asserts that excessive dreaming caused by unacted upon emotion causes fatigue, drepression and helplessness. Their major premise is buttressed by the finding that REM sleep-the point within the sleep cycle at which we dream-usually occurs once all the regenerative stages of sleep have occurred. These lower regenerative stages are required for tissue repair as it is in these stages that salubrious hormones and growth factors are released. However excessive emotional arousal, that is repressed, is acted out during REM-sleep in order to delete the temporary emotive cerebral programme (as well as its accompanying motor programmes eg punching or kicking a foe/oppressor) thus skipping the stages of the sleep cycle which proceed it. Thus while depressives may go to be earlier they still wake feeling lathargic and sluggish. This book is erudite, insightful, accurate and an excellent guide for parents with children/teenagers suffering from psychological trauma. I have a Bsc in Neuroscience and thus I have always found psychological theories of emotion to be void of the scientific vigour required to publish in a respectable journal. Tyrell and Griffithin have conducted numerous experiments and draw on an inordinate/voluminous catalogue of experimental data to adduce their theory. Furthermore they are aptly critical of psychobabble and supercilious gibberish. I strongly recommend this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on 10 May 2013
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I'm studying psychology and also, from a personal point of view, had mislaid my mojo. I was impatient with the first 90 pages, which went into detail about REM sleep...........but it all became apparent.......and interesting.....and mind blowing! From an academic (and future professional) point of view, I will be looking at the Human Givens courses. From a lay point of view, the core principles are so easy to help you review the bits of your life that need attention and some oomph and then simple to tweak. I've been trying the principles on my friends too and we're all brimming with ideas and enthusiasm.
Be patient (if necessary) with the first part of the book, it's worth finishing!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Lomax on 27 July 2009
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This book is both revolutionary and old-school. It blends the most up-to-date evidence and research of mental health with knowledge of our evolution and biology and brings it all together to produce a radical yet down to earth look at what goes wrong emotionally, why and how to bring about change. Possibly ignoring the last chapter, a book that we should all read.
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