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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.
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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.