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Why we dream: the definitive answer tells the remarkable story of how Joe Griffin discovered how and why dreaming evolved in mammals and helped us unravel what our dreams actually... Read more
Why we dream: the definitive answer tells the remarkable story of how Joe Griffin discovered how and why dreaming evolved in mammals and helped us unravel what our dreams actually mean. Thanks to Griffin's work we now know what dreams are doing for us: they keep us sane, or, in certain circumstances, can drive us mad (psychotic). And this knowledge opens up wonderful new possibilities for humanity: greater creativity; improved mental health and deeper understanding of who we are. Griffin and Tyrrell convincingly show that dreaming is vital for mental health and that the brain state we associate with dreaming (the REM state) also has crucial importance for when we are awake. This understanding of the REM state explains not only how our brains construct a model of reality, but also explains hypnosis, how creative behaviour works, and why we develop mental illnesses such as depression and psychosis.
Joe Griffin is a social psychologist with graduate and post-graduate degrees from the LSE. His extensive research has increased our knowledge and understanding and has brought us the first comprehensive, scientifically consistent theory of why we involved to dream. He is also co-author with Ivan Tyrrell of 'Human Givens: The new approach to emotional health and clear thinking and other subsequent titles in the Essential Health in Troubled Times series including 'Godhead: The brain's big bang' about the explosive origin of creativity, mysticism and mental illness. Both Joe and Ivan teach out of Human Givens College, which runs courses on how to apply psychological knowledge effectively in education, psychotherapy, managing public and private organisations and other social fields.
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