Sleep and dreaming
You will find lots of information about the importance of sleep and the connection between dreaming and mental health on this website, see:
You can also watch the following free lectures on the HG College's Online Courses website:
- Why do we dream?
Joe Griffin reviews past theories and new research findings (all of which add further evidence in support of his ground-breaking theory) as he tells the riveting story of how he solved the mystery of our dreams...
- Dreaming, daydreaming and creativity
Ivan Tyrrell's fascinating talk from the HG Diploma course throws new light on our evolution as he explains the crucial role of the REM state and much more...
Definition of dreaming
An imaginary perceptual experience that occurs primarily in REM sleep. Dreams act out our unexpressed emotional expectations (positive and negative) through the medium of metaphor. Dreaming reduces stress and preserves the integrity of our emotional responses. Excessive and intensive dreaming has been linked to clinical depression. Dream phenomena occurring while patients are awake have been linked to schizophrenia.
More information about why we dream can be found in the book Why we dream: the definitive answer – How dreaming keeps us sane or can drive us mad (listed opposite)
> Click here to explore a website dedicated to why we dream
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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.
When we react excessively to events, major or minor, we may be victims of a primitive survival mechanism gone awry, suggests Joe Griffin. Despite often causing years of distress, it can be treated successfully — and usually remarkably quickly.
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.
A young Russian woman, Nina, describes how just three sessions of human givens therapy lifted out of her suicidal depression and turned her life around.
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'.
Studying to become a counsellor would give her the skills to help people, thought Frances Masters. It didn’t … until she came across the human givens approach.
The final version of the Emotional Needs Scale resulting from Brett Culham's research into emotional needs.
An article about the human givens approach that appeared in the major American publication, Family Therapy Magazine.
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Reni Landor is featured in 'The Psychologist' talking about what the human givens approach has brought her, professionally and personally.