Reading list

The following titles comprise the reading list for the Human Givens Diploma – you can purchase many of the titles via this website, simply click on the ‘buy now’ links.

Please read and thoroughly absorb the essential reading titles before you attend the first week of Part 2 – we recommend you start whilst working through Part 1. We would also like you to subscribe to the HG Journal to keep up-to-date with developments in the field.

If you have time, it is also advisable to read at least some of the other suggested titles according to what interests you.

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Required Course Reading

Required Course Reading

Human Givens: the new approach to emotional health and clear thinking by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell, Human Givens Publishing Ltd. (2013). Buy now

Why We Dream: the definitive answer by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell, Human Givens Publishing Ltd. (2014). Buy now

How to Lift Depression… fast by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell, Human Givens Publishing Ltd. Buy now

Freedom from addiction: the secret behind successful addiction busting by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell, Human Givens Publishing Ltd. (2005). Buy now

How to Master Anxiety: all you need to know to overcome stress, panic attacks, phobias, trauma obsessions and more by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell, Human Givens Publishing Ltd. (2006). Buy now

The Observing Self by Arthur J Deikman, Beacon Press (1992).

Release From Anger: practical help for controlling unreasonable rage by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell, Human Givens Publishing Ltd. (2008). Buy now

The Human Givens Journalcurrent issues and back issues.

Required Course Listening

Required Course Listening

How Stories Heal by Pat Willams, HG Publishing. Buy now

The therapeutic power of guided imagery by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell, HG Publishing. Buy now

Effective anxiety management – without drugs by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell, HG Publishing. Buy now

Effective anger management: understanding and controlling unreasonable expressions of anger in yourself and other people by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell, HG Publishing. Buy now

Understanding and lifting depression without drugs…by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell, HG Publishing. Buy now

Which you are you? by Pat Williams, HG Publishing. Buy now

Evolution and the Human Givens by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell, HG Publishing. Buy now

Recommended Additional Reading

Recommended Additional Reading

The Influential Mind by Tali Sharot. Abacus.
– a great summary of the brain science behind behaviour change.

The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist. Yale University Press.
– an excellent book that explains hemispherical differences and why civilization is threatened by context blindness.

Godhead: the brain’s big bang – the explosive origin of creativity, mysticism and mental illness by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell. HG Publishing. Available from Amazon.
– addresses the need for meaning and the role of consciousness in the universe.

How to liberate yourself from pain: practical help for sufferers by Dr Grahame Brown, with Denise Winn. Kindle only, from Amazon.

Listening to Idries Shah: How understanding can grow by Ivan Tyrrell. HG Publishing.
– contains much useful information about the rise of the Human Givens approach by one of its originators.

Mad in America: Bad science, bad medicine, and the enduring mistreatment of the mentally ill by Robert Whitaker, Basic Books.
– a devastating critique of modern psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry.

Transforming Tales by Rob Parkinson. Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2009) Paperback. (ISBN-10: 1843109743)
– a rich and wise source of therapeutic metaphors.

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