New insights and understandings
The holistic human givens approach has generated, through the research of its co-founders and others, new insights and findings which are consistent with the latest neuroscientific research (as well as findings from other disciplines), and have major implications for making not only psychotherapy and counselling more effective, but also education and psychological interventions in general.
- Helps us to identify why a person is experiencing their current difficulties and what can be done about it
- A new view of the unconscious mind – the APET™ model – which is compatible with neuroscience, clinical experience and experiment, and which shows how the brain works through ‘pattern matching’. This supersedes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) because it is more true to the reality of brain functioning
- A new insight into trauma and, therefore, how best to treat it
- An holistic understanding of the evolutionary origins and function of human dreaming, which has huge implications for our emotional health
- The crucial link between thinking styles and fluctuations in emotional arousal
- An holistic, integrated theory for why depression develops and is maintained
- A new explanation for addiction and why withdrawal symptoms occur
- The discovery of ‘molar memories’ which generate and maintain some instances of compulsive behaviour (such as sexual compulsions, anorexia and bulimia)
- An understanding of why the use of metaphor is so powerful as a form of treatment
- A comprehensive understanding of the placebo and ‘nocebo’ effects
- A psychobiological explanation of clinical hypnosis, why it works and what mechanisms are common to all forms of hypnotic induction
- A new, empowering understanding of the potential cause of autism
- A new insight into what psychosis is
- Caetextia: a new definition of autistic and Asperger's behaviour
- A more comprehensive understanding of the importance of the REM (rapid eye movement) state in generating reality and accessing intuitive knowledge
- A new understanding of the nature of consciousness.
Explore our articles and interviews
Counsellors who use it know that the 'rewind technique' is fast, safe, painless and effective for dealing with trauma. Keith Guy and Nicola Guy have tested it in research.
Ivan Tyrrell talks with Daniel Nettle about the far closer than expected connection between psychosis and creative thinking.
Joe Griffin goes back to basics to arrive at a some powerful new insights into the givens of human nature.
All children have an innate need to be stretched and connected up to more of reality. It is a psychological law of nature. Consequently we can say that, whenever teachers are having difficulties in schools, it invariably comes down to the fact that they are not working with, or being allowed to work with, that fundamental truth.
Self-harm is still a taboo subject. Angela shares her experience of self-harm and the impact it had on her life before taking the first steps to recovery.
Iain Caldwell uses many case studies in his description of how the human givens approach to helping people in distress has had a huge impact on mental health services in Hartlepool.
Teacher trainer Andy Vass shows how knowledge and application of the human givens approach could help hard-pressed teachers reduce stress and improve the climate in class.
Why the human givens approach is important for psychotherapy.
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