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ADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer's World

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While the Farmer’s consciousness is very task focused, the Hunter’s consciousness may be considered open or diffused. Ko further states that the decreased need for 'hyperfocus' was building the conditions favourable for human language. With our different brain wiring, not appropriate for a settled life, we are a mismatch for the modern world, but if we learn some new behaviors and strategies, we manage to do quite well. I did appreciate this book but I feel like the author's work would have benefited from including more nuance and some sensitivity readers. It was also stated that the lack of "hyperfocus" should not be the only dichotomy of "farmers versus hunter-gatherers" that was identified in Hartmann's theory.

A former psychotherapist and founder of the Hunter School, a residential and day school for children with ADHD, he lives in Washington, D. If you want an easy quick read then go for it but if you are looking for something more substantial then skip it. It is my hope that this book will help us remove the stigma of “illness” or “deficit” associated with a diagnosis of ADHD and related conditions. It will give you those answers to those annoying questions sick as, 'Why didn't we have it in our day? A helpful reminder that, with so many neurodivergent people in the world, this clearly isn't a problem, but a reality, and building a world that allows for everyone's perspectives and ways of learning to fit into it makes more sense than doing things just one way.I would not, however, give it to a teen with ADD or ADHD, especially if that teen requires short-term or long-term medication to assist with attention and/or the development of executive skills. The author mentioned Japanese as an aggregate being a farming culture, yet there were parts of Japan that we’re hunter/gathering like the Ainu who have for the most part assimilated into Japan as a whole.

The hunter/farmer metaphor gets a tad overused at times, but the content is really helpful for anyone who may suspect that they or their kids have adhd. Learning to concentrate can be very difficult for the Hunter without consistent feedback, feedback that can be available in the classroom from the teacher. And in this book he tells the entire tale of it, the struggles, the studies, the new ways of living he discovered, and what, other than outright medication, could work for others too.As hunters, they would have been constantly scanning their environment, looking for food or threats (distractibility); they'd have to act without hesitation (impulsivity); and they'd have to love the high-stimulation and risk-filled environment of the hunting field. In this groundbreaking book, Thom Hartmann makes a unique contribution to our understanding of ADHD. Though the Hunter has been found on every continent, our western culture came out of Mesopotamia about 10,000 years ago when the hunter-gatherers began to learn the ways of the agriculturists. Not unlike that quintessential of all Hunters, the lion, they have incredible bursts of energy--but not necessarily a lot of staying power.

He reveals how some of the world’s most successful people can be labeled as ADHD hunters and offers concrete non-drug methods and practices to help hunters--and their parents, teachers, and managers--embrace their differences, nurture creativity, and find success in school, at work, and at home. With our structured public schools, office workplaces, and factories those who inherit a surplus of "hunter skills" are often left frustrated in a world that doesn't understand or support them. My kids were high strung and had trouble sitting still but with a firm parent we were able to keep them inline. 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. But with the Farmers’ conquests in moving west they became the dominators and takers of what laid before them.This discovery caused some psychologists to initially postulate that ADHD was the result of growing up in a dysfunctional family; they suggested that ADHD may follow the same pattern as child or spousal abuse. A genetic variant associated with ADHD has been found at higher frequency in more nomadic populations and those with more of a history of migration. This book helped me better understand ADHD and gave me practical strategies on how to deal with these children in the classroom. Thom Hartmann is a progressive radio talk show host, author, and retired businessman who was born and grew up in Michigan.

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