Course Description

Once humans started daydreaming they could creatively solve problems in their imagination, ask abstract questions and generate complex language with a past, present and future tense. This had profound implications, not least for our mental health.

This fascinating talk about what followed on from the 'brain's big bang' 40,000 years ago – when our ancestors learned how to consciously access the internal reality theatre of the dreaming brain and 'daydream' consciously – was filmed with students on the Human Givens Diploma course.

Subjects covered include:

The nature of consciousness; cave art; creativity; psychosis and autism; the origin of civilisations; the 12,000 year old Gobekli Tepe stone temples; the importance of REM state research; how the unconscious mind really works; metaphorical pattern- matching; how dreaming helps us stay effective; dreaming and depression; false memory syndrome; why hypnosis can now be viewed as 'any artificial way of accessing the REM state'; and how to improve psychotherapy outcomes in the modern world.

If you've found this talk interesting, you might like to find out more:

Co-Founder of the human givens approach

Ivan Tyrrell

Ivan Tyrrell is an English writer, lecturer and psychologist, who worked for many years as a psychotherapist (specialising in brief therapy for depression, trauma and anxiety). His frustration at the poor state of psychotherapeutic practice in the UK in the 1990s led him to found the European Therapy Studies Institute and to the publication of new research and information about depression, psychosis, hypnosis, addiction and trauma treatment in a series of best-selling books written with his co-founder of the human givens approach, Joe Griffin. He has had a life-long interest in the nature of perception and consciousness.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Dreaming, daydreaming and creativity

    • Introduction

    • Dreaming, daydreaming and creativity

    • Further resources

Reviews

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excellent insight!

Marcella Lo Giudice

you are explaining thinks I always wondered about. My special thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a sad story. I was very badly treated by famous italian psychi...

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you are explaining thinks I always wondered about. My special thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a sad story. I was very badly treated by famous italian psychiatrist prof Giovanbattista Cassano, very ignorant person, but regarded as a top professional, who traumatised me a lot, 20 years ago, in a recovery nightmare in which I was forced, even using electroshock therapy that wasn't necessary. UNFORTUNATELEY my recovery was necessary for my parents, in order to make everybody believe I was crazy , since having told my mother about my father sexual arassement , at the age of 38, and I was considered a dangerous person for further talking about my self with other people in family. My words had to become crazy ideas. Even though my tween identicale sister have had the same treatement in a joung age from ours father, she didn't wont confirm the facts, betryng me at my shoulders and denying the truth with my mother. She did it only after 15 years,she told the truth, after i was definiteley punished by my mother, a narcissist that cold'nt bear it. I had nightmare and lucid dreams about the twin towers attack in december 1999. It was symbolic of the attack I was confronting. My tower was in fire, dangerous people were up to rebuild the tower in night time, just to make everybody believe nothing had happened. Very paranoic, isn'it? And let me give you a suggestion: why don't you put sub title in english, for italian speakers is VERY HARD to grasp words in english whithout a translation available, in my case I am better with american than english pronunziation. Iwil read your book, too bad you dont have an italian translator and publisher!!! You are very helpful people.

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Dreaming, daydreaming and creativity

Todd Vandegrift

Very informative, thank you for the free share.

Very informative, thank you for the free share.

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Excellent

emma louis

Excellent and very informative , i cant wait to move onto the next course now, so glad i was recommended this site.

Excellent and very informative , i cant wait to move onto the next course now, so glad i was recommended this site.

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Dreaming and Creativity

Cheryl Farrington

Thank you for sharing this course – I will be sure to share it. In regards to your website which I happened to find tonight by simply googling "human emot...

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Thank you for sharing this course – I will be sure to share it. In regards to your website which I happened to find tonight by simply googling "human emotional needs" , I was looking for something that made sense in my heart, for our journey as a whole (if that may be understood) . My feelings. I have been looking for something that makes sense. I feel we deserve love and we all have needs. Thank you for validating this. May a little prayer be sent to every heart and soul. Kind Regards

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Fascinating introduction to Human Givens

Julie Lowe

This is a lecture that shows the depth of the human givens approach. Ivan Tyrrell’s vast knowledge of the subject is shared with clarity, accessibility and h...

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This is a lecture that shows the depth of the human givens approach. Ivan Tyrrell’s vast knowledge of the subject is shared with clarity, accessibility and humour making it impossible to stop watching.

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great lecture

John OBrien

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Micheal O'Leary

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Dreaming, daydreaming and creativity

James Connor

Very interesting, knowledge gained that can help me understand how it all works, thanks very much for your time and efforts and this free course.

Very interesting, knowledge gained that can help me understand how it all works, thanks very much for your time and efforts and this free course.

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Very interesting

linda MacGillivray

Thank you for providing this wonderful free video. I found it very informative and educational.

Thank you for providing this wonderful free video. I found it very informative and educational.

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The title is perfect as this course connects dreaming to ...

Angela Ben-Arie

I found the whole subject intriguing. The evolution of the brain and the development of the frontal cortex relating to pattern matching and emotional arousal...

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I found the whole subject intriguing. The evolution of the brain and the development of the frontal cortex relating to pattern matching and emotional arousal connecting this to unspent arousal the brain protecting itself through expelling this through metaphors in dreaming and again through day dream metaphors supporting imagining through pattern matching to be creative and problem solve. This has given me better understanding how reframing can be such a powerful tool when providing support. I also really like in the course that patterns were given for our learning through examples. Thank You

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5 out of 5

Scott Kepp

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Nice

Teresa Lisboa

Very interesting.

Very interesting.

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Dreaming and creativity

Daniel Breed

Ivan is fantastic.ALWAYS INTERESTING.the world is lucky to have him.

Ivan is fantastic.ALWAYS INTERESTING.the world is lucky to have him.

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Dreaming, daydreaming and creativity

Veronica Williams

The offer of watching a free video is an amazing gesture. I enjoyed immensely as I work through and try and understand my son's mental illness.Thanks

The offer of watching a free video is an amazing gesture. I enjoyed immensely as I work through and try and understand my son's mental illness.Thanks

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Dreaming, daydreaming and creativity

Syd Lewis

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Good

mary Blundell

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Interesting

Julia Carson

Very interesting and thought provoking ideas.

Very interesting and thought provoking ideas.

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Good

Dora Sheridan

Very interesting.

Very interesting.

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paula foot

I found the video a little long winded and it took a long time to get to salient points. I didn't need an art history course! When writing was on the screen...

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I found the video a little long winded and it took a long time to get to salient points. I didn't need an art history course! When writing was on the screen, at the same time as talking, I could not attend to both. I did find the bit about false memories interesting.

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