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human givens – the tools  looks at:
The dreaming mind (including the biology of dreaming; how the new understanding about dreaming explains how the mind works through daydreaming, trance states, metaphor and pattern matching, which in turn explains phenomena such as placebo effect and aberrational behaviours such as psychosis) 
The metaphorical mind (including explaining why the brain is most usefully understood as a metaphorical pattern matching organ; how metaphor is intrinsic to understanding and communication; what real education is; jokes; stories; creativity; how all this relates to pattern matching processes in the brain; patterns we look to complete; crude and complex patterns; patterns which go awry; therapy as a means to instil new patterns and uncouple unhelpful ones)

The entranced mind (including description of all the different kinds of everyday trance states; the misunderstandings about what hypnosis is; how trance can be induced; flow; dream state as ultimate trance state; how hypnosis recreates the REM state; why strong emotions lock us into trance states; the two major trance states of programming and post-hypnotic suggestion; how when we become over-emotional we are in trance state; uses and abuses of hypnosis – pain control, strengthening immune system; opening mind to new ideas/innate abilities through metaphor and story, using it to uncouple faulty patterns)

The emotional mind (including how there is much evidence that emotions are separate from cognitions; evolutionary layout of the brain; emotions were not originally designed to be conscious; why we are often at the mercy of emotions; emotional responses as post-hypnotic suggestions; LeDoux’s work on how emotion can drive us; the role of the amygdala; cognition’s role in creating action from reaction; emotions as danger signals; what can happen when fear is overwhelming – role of the hippocampus; the emotional and factual memory of trauma and state-dependent memory; emotion as an accompaniment to all perception and reasoning; how the fact that emotions derive from survival instinct has had huge consequences for our history; implications for depression etc; the link up with pattern matching and trance, and how new patterns can be generated)

The body-linked mind (including a swathe of the research showing the impact of mind and moods upon health – stress, anxiety, depression, anger and heart disease, grief, addiction and belief, pain; enjoyment, belief, optimism, relaxation, exercise; how therapists can use all these routes to health; the tendency of many mental health professionals to pay lip service only to such findings – few clinical psychologists, for example, recommend exercise for depression, despite knowing the evidence for its efficacy)

The conscious mind (including how and why the neocortex developed; some of the amazing abilities of the brain which are relevant to our subject area; humans as problem-solving animals; the role of both hemispheres in problem solving; how faulty connections can also be sculpted into the brain; working to alter faulty thinking; the observing self and its role in therapy; examples)

The imaginative mind (including how the mind is designed to be creative; how we use imagination to come to insights; why visualisation is such a powerful tool for promoting mental and physical health; why memory is creative; how this can be used for ill or good – we can rewrite our stories; how imagination can also lead us astray – imagined terrors; how hypnosis gives easiest access to the imaginative mind)

The gendered mind (including brain differences and how men and women deal with emotions differently and have different propensities and needs (as well as many similar ones)

The shattered mind (New insights into psychosis and schizophrenia – why schizophrenia is waking reality being processed through the dreaming brain due to stress overload of the REM state in people who have a genetically disposed fragility in this area.)

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