Evolution and the Human Givens (MP3)

Evolution and the Human Givens (MP3)

...hope for the future

by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell

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The organising ideas summed up in the phrase ‘human givens’ represent the best hope for humanity. They offer a path that, if enough people travelled it, could in a few decades, civilize us. This would require that we educate our children in tune with the way nature intended, that we bring more effective treatment to bare on the psychologically damaged and disturbed, that we stabilise stressed communities, curb the greed that is eating up the planet’s resources and defuse fanatical ideologies by developing more humane forms of government.

This inspiring conversation between two eminent practical thinkers is guaranteed to give any open-minded person pause for thought. Topics covered include:

  • The physical and emotional needs that nature programmed us with (and that we ignore at our peril)
  • The guidance systems that help us get these needs met
  • The power of expectation and the terrible consequences when the brain cannot distinguish between real and imagined ones
  • How the application of HG ideas could lower the dangerously high emotional temperature of society
  • Evolution at a personal level – increasing the complexity of knowledge
  • Why meeting emotional needs is essential for creating the spare capacity necessary for developing consciousness and our ‘spiritual’ life.

  • Format: M4B Audiobook
  • ISBN: 1-899398-77-5
  • Running time: 68 min approx

About the author(s)

Joe GriffinJoe Griffin is a social psychologist with graduate and postgraduate degrees from the LSE. He has had many years experience both in psychotherapeutic practice and in training psychotherapists.

Scientific reviewers around the world have described his research on dreaming with such phrases as, “The bridge between neurophysiology and psychology... rigorously scientific... an important milestone... moves our understanding on significantly... a watershed in our exploration of the evolution of mental processes... a major key to the nature of all psychic states.” He is co-author with Ivan Tyrrell of five landmark monographs about advances in psychological interventions for emotional disturbances and numerous best-selling books, including How to lift depression...fast, Freedom from Addiction and Why we dream: the definitive answer.

Joe has two daughters and lives with his wife, Liz, in a small medieval town by the river Barrow in rural Ireland.

Ivan TyrrellIvan Tyrrell's interest in psychology stems from a childhood experience of undergoing surgery under hypnosis. For twenty years he studied the comparative effectiveness of psychotherapy and counselling models, linking this to what science is discovering about the brain and mind/body/mood connections. As Editorial Director of the Human Givens Journal he has collaborated on many major articles with a variety of distinguished clinicians, writers and other individuals with a focus on psychology, social issues and mental health.

Ivan worked for many years as a psychotherapist and lecturer and is now director of Human Givens College. He founded the Human Givens Institute. He has one son and three daughters and lives with his wife, Véronique, in the Cotswold countryside.