Adult ADHD: How to Succeed as a Hunter in a Farmer's World

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Adult ADHD: How to Succeed as a Hunter in a Farmer's World

Adult ADHD: How to Succeed as a Hunter in a Farmer's World

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The need for constant stimulation, impulsivity and ability to act in high risk situations would have made the hunter quite successful. The hypothesis also explains the distractibility factor in ADHD individuals and their short attention span for subjects that do not interest the individual (which may or may not trigger hyperfocus), along with various other characteristics such as hyperactivity and impulsivity. As hunters, they would have been constantly scanning their environment, looking for food or threats (distractibility); theyd have to act without hesitation (impulsivity); and theyd have to love the high-stimulation and risk-filled environment of the hunting field.

Defining ADHD as a medical problem that may require a lifetime of taking medication can be felt with a sense of hopelessness. For those with TSDD it opens easily, maybe too easily, and they seek stimulation with greater caution. He analyzes maladaptive behaviors in humans today and speculates that these behaviors weren’t maladaptive for most of our history when we lived in small tribal groups. This is, of course, partly due to the Not unlike that quintessential of all Hunters, the lion, they have incredible bursts of energy—but not necessarily a lot of staying power.

It was at that point I lost all interest in finishing the book, and only did so out of spite and the need to achieve my reading goal for the year. In considering the opposite side of this picture, what are effective ways that managers, parents, and teachers can work with a Hunter? The relaxing average person would fall at the middle or in the 5 to 7 inch area, while the relaxed Hunter would be found in the 7 to 8 inch area and the relaxed Farmer in the 4 to 5 inch area. There are perhaps a few parts that could have been broadened or deepened in context, but it's a well-rounded, affirming book on the topic. Over many years, most humans adapted to farming cultures, but Hartmann speculates that people with ADHD retained some of the older hunter characteristics.

Another characteristic of a good Hunter is the ability to totally focus on the moment, abandoning all consideration of any other time or place. Genetic variants (such as the DRD4 7R allele, as well as others on DRD4 and DRD2) conferring susceptibility to ADHD are very frequent—implying that the trait had provided selective advantage in the past. Providing a supportive "survival" guide to help fine tune your natural skill set, rather than suppress it, Hartmann shows that each mind--whether hunter, farmer, or somewhere in between--has value and great potential waiting to be tapped. While it offers a great perspective of ADHD as an asset the authors do not spend enough time talking about the experiences of people with far less privilege than the primarily white and male success stories they offer as examples. 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.This concept really made me reconsider the way society is organized and what is considered "normal" by mankind. 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. it has been an epiphany for me and I tell anyone I hear with ADHD, about this book; of course I do, we are over sharers!

This hypothesis proposes that ADHD represents a lack of adaptation of members of hunter-gatherer societies to their transformation into farming societies. A bit repetitive in places but in my experience this approach has to be more productive in supporting people that find themselves struggling. The evolution from the Hunter to the Farmer can be considered an evolution in consciousness as the immigration slowly moved west and the successful Farmer learned to focus on the details of farming, details that the Hunter would have considered boring. that's how the HG pass down stories, share where good prey is, and we share it with great detail, giving it a full 3D narrative.I did appreciate this book but I feel like the author's work would have benefited from including more nuance and some sensitivity readers. This opposite has been considered normal in our culture, but there is a disadvantage to this ability, i.



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