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ADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer's World

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Evaluating success in meeting the goals needs to happen daily along with a reward for meeting the goals.

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. In my childhood, I couldn’t pay attention to the teachers who had a bland teaching style, but I flourished with those who had an interactive, hands-on approach to learning. When your life depends on split-second decisions, your frustration and impatience threshold necessarily tend to be low.As an adult with adhd and a parent of children with adhd I found this to be one of the best books I’ve read (or at least had the focus to read) about adhd.

With over 6 million of the world’s best eBooks to choose from, Kobo offers you a whole world of reading. In considering the opposite side of this picture, what are effective ways that managers, parents, and teachers can work with a Hunter?

I found it much more coherent this time around and although Hartmann's description of the underlying traits of ADHD are accomplished I am simply unconvinced by his main thesis. Wright posits that all of human behavior is based on a single motivation---will this behavior continue my gene pool. In considering the prison and the alcoholic populations, the high proportion of ADHD individuals would suggest a genetic ADHD predisposition for these problems. 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.

Following these stories are stories of the lives of six famous people with ADHD and how their ADHD was an asset for all they accomplished in their lives, in their inventive creativity, openness to taking risks, and how their lives changed the ways we now live: Thomas Edison with his more than a thousand inventions, Amelia Earhart with her risk taking and adventurous nature, Benjamin Franklin whose thinking and writings led to his assistance in the writing of our constitution, Sir Richard Francis Burton whose exploration of the many then unknown lands opened the door to the world we now know, Ernest Hemingway whose writings we are all familiar with, and Thomas Carlyle whose written tirades exposed many problems in our modern world.I am 100% behind the author's motivations for writing this and other books on the topic, and he provides compelling evidence for his arguments, backed up by studies. 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. Consistent with this, the health status of nomadic Ariaal men was higher if they had the ADHD associated genetic variant (7R alleles), whereas in recently sedentary (non-nomadic) Ariaal, those with 7R alleles seemed to have slightly worse health.

Furthermore, a recent 2020 study found that ADHD allele frequency has been decreasing for up to 35,000 years, indicating negative selection. Across the chapters, Hartmann backs his assertions up with evidence, offers non-drug methods and practices to help hunters (as well as those who live alongside them) to welcome their differences, hone their skills, cultivate their creativity, and find success in their lives. Through his affliiation with German Salem International organization and with that group he helped start international relief programs in Uganda, Colombia, Russia, Israel, India, Australia, and several other countries between 1979 and today.We have resources; we have 504 plans and IEPs (in the US anyway); we have ways of helping kids reach their potential without making them feel like shit.

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