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Human Givens: The New Approach to Emotional Health and Clear Thinking: A New Approach to Emotional Health and Clear Thinking [Paperback]

Joe Griffin , Ivan Tyrrell
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Mar 2013
A new edition of the life-changing book Human Givens which contains a wealth of new material that will enhance its already considerable reputation. The authors describe one of the most important psychological insights of our age: how we are all born with a rich natural inheritance - a partially formed mind containing a genetic treasure-house of innate knowledge patterns: 'the human givens'. We all experience these givens as physical and emotional needs, powerful forces that must be satisfactorily met in our environment if our minds are to unfold and develop to their fullest potential. Includes a new chapter on the biological basis of content blindness - caetextia - that blights the lives of millions. Ultimately this book is uplifting and practical because it brings hope in these troubled times by clearly spelling out what each child and adult needs in order to develop well, how to help those who aren't and who are suffering severe mental distress, including depression and post-traumatic stress.

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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: 15.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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If our society is to progress and evolve further, the inspiring body of knowledge set out in this book will be at the heart of the process.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It worked for me 22 Nov 2009
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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable insights, but misrepresents CBT 28 Aug 2005
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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There is a lot of what should perhaps be common sense outlined in this book. Backed by research findings and illustrated by some remarkable anecdotes, this is a detailed investigation and explanation of the basis of a lot of emotional and mental anguish. Mental illness in its various guises seems to be the great unstoppable epidemic of our times, but it is by no means unstoppable is the message of this book.

Who should read this book? Everyone who has an interest in people, whether professionally or merely as a fellow human being. You might want to read it as a step towards your own salvation. No one should commit suicide before reading this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant stop buying copies for friends 29 Oct 2010
This book represents a new understanding. It has clarifies & simplifies and skillfully takes the mystery out of mental and emotional health. Its accessable and a very important read for everyone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-opening read 27 July 2009
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I recommend this book if you want to improve the quality of your life and the lives of those you engage with both personally and professionally.

I came to it not as a professional but as a graduate with a business background, who has personally experienced ineffective psychodynamic counselling, and the book has engaged my interest to such an extent that I now want to attend some of the authors' seminars, to further my understanding of their holistic strategies for coping with a whole range of life's ever increasing mental problems, from stress to depression and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The Human Givens counselling approach provides sufferers with positive help on their very first session and is generally successful in weeks (or months) rather than years. Of particular interest is their rewind technique for people suffering from PTSD and the empirical study proving how powerfully effective it is: and Human Givens and Education could prove revolutionary within the classroom and has the potential to greatly improve the working lives of the teachers and subsequently provide a much better standard of education for the future generation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an inspiring read 30 July 2011
i first about human givens at a mental health workshop and after some research decided to give this book a go thank heavens i did.
the book as given me a new perspective on dealing with my own depression which is benefiting me as i write if you've an open mind i suggest you read this great book
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Published 2 months ago by shaunado
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Buy
Very factual book, makes you think. Everyone should read this to help explain the many reasons for mental health issues, to help get over them and understand others.
Published 8 months ago by Jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and thought provoking
I know that this concept has been around for while but it's new to me, passed on by a very lovely wise woman. It's an approach which is jargon free and makes absolute sense. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Julie Rae
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This book is an excellent resource for anyone working as a therapist or medical practitioner I would recommend it unreservedly
Published 11 months ago by BT
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Insightful Books on this Subject I Have Ever Read
After reading this book I really have to wonder why the approaches discussed in it have not already become 'mainstream' in the psychology/psychiatric/counselling professions. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Omar
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insights
A wealth of invaluable information that helps us understand our emotional needs and the problems that can occur when they are not adequately met. Read more
Published 13 months ago by C M Austin
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Published 13 months ago by sunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended read
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........... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lynn
3.0 out of 5 stars Curates egg...
I did find this an enjoyable book to read. However it did seem a strange mix. Clearly a lot of the ideas put forward are very helpful in understanding and explaining a lot of human... Read more
Published 17 months ago by bryhy
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