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ADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer's World

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So much of the population is given this label that it’s almost inevitably something natural and not a disease. I identified strongly with certain characteristics from both archetypes, which I don’t think is surprising or unusual.

Failure to be fully aware of the environment and notice the faint sound might mean a swift and painful death or the difference between a full belly and hunger. this is one of the most important books on understanding ADHD I have come across, and I've read/listened to a lot since being diagnosed at 42 with ADHD 9 years ago. This opposite has been considered normal in our culture, but there is a disadvantage to this ability, i. Drawing on solid scientific and psychological principles, he provides easy-to-follow organizational strategies, tips to maintain focus and create a distraction-free workspace, and tools to set goals, build a business plan, and discover the right project to keep you motivated.Looking back on my life, it is painfully obvious that I have been dealing with this since childhood. The answer is: people with ADHD are the leftover hunters, those whose ancestors evolved and matured thousands of years in the past in hunting societies. My source for this comment is a Buddhist meditator of 15 years experience, with suspected ADHD myself, who also holds a PhD in neuroscience which was written on EEG brain activity in adults with ADHD.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The genocide they inflicted upon the conquered showed them to be amoral and predatory invaders of Europe and North America.I advise those with ADHD to figure out which activities naturally interest them, and to follow the direction that their compasses are pointing.

Personally, I also didn't like the narration at all, and found the narrator, quote unquote, annoying. A key component of the hypothesis is that the proposed " hyperfocus" aspect of ADHD is a benefit under appropriate circumstances. He analyzes maladaptive behaviors in humans today and speculates that these behaviors weren’t maladaptive for most of our history when we lived in small tribal groups. One example, such as migration in the hunter-gatherer society, is that some of these hunter-gatherers that naturally predisposed to these various amounts of this same gene may have value in certain kinds or qualities of social groups. The current understanding of ADHD not necessarily meaning you're bouncing off the walls but that your brain might be the hyperactive part, is so relatable for me.My kids were high strung and had trouble sitting still but with a firm parent we were able to keep them inline. A bit repetitive in places but in my experience this approach has to be more productive in supporting people that find themselves struggling. that's how the HG pass down stories, share where good prey is, and we share it with great detail, giving it a full 3D narrative.

Many individuals with ADHD have learned how to cope with being a Hunter in a Farmer’s world and in this world they can find average success and score average on tests but they may also feel or know that they have a much greater potential. Wish it had more in-text references, perhaps it's the academic in me, but at times it's hard to tell what's theory and what's been proven. He then goes on to describe the related characteristics, strategies for overcoming or embracing them and gives us some perspective on very successful historical figures who took advantage of ADHD to thrive.One disadvantage that I found especially interesting is that its long term use affects brain chemistry so that when going off Ritalin other problems surface. The heightened sense of one's environment and constant re-prioritizing of tasks based on the ever changing situation are skills that would have kept a hunter safe. These questions and some possible answers are woven through this book, providing basic factual information about ADHD with a twist that helps readers recognize the value--sometimes quite special--of people who have it.

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