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
Joe Griffin talks with Professor Ian Robertson about the role of experience in the sculpting of our brains, and why certain types of counselling may do harm.
Dr Farouk Okhai opens his casebook to show how the human givens approach can best help severely distressed people.
Most severe, even psychotic, mental illness can be helped more effectively at home than in hospital. Professor Marcellino Smyth illustrates how home treatment services work.
In this article, Joe Griffin suggests that techniques which can yield immediate success, may share an underlying mechanism.
Dr Farouk Okhai describes the power of using deep relaxation and guided imagery techniques.
Most people think ethics is concerned with truth, justice, equality, loyalty, fairness, values, principles, morals, etc. All these words in italics are abstractions. They are content free. They contain no sensory information. Such words used to be called 'reifications' in philosophy and are now more commonly called 'nominalisations'.
Brett Culham describes the outcome of his research to validate the needs-based human givens approach to psychological health.
In this 2009 article, Bill Andrews describes the practice-based evidence that has emerged from studies of the human givens approach to date and explains why the future looks positive.
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