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 Watchman Theory is that people with ADHD are wired to be the perfect night watchmen and hunters of our tribes and that most of our current advantages and disadvantages trace back to this vital role wherein our “symptoms” would have saved lives. I appreciated the bicycle analogy in particular, and will be giving that serious thought as I finalize plans for our upcoming homeschool year. In the workplace, the expectations of the Hunter need to be defined in measurable short-term goals given when possible only one at a time.

In considering the opposite side of this picture, what are effective ways that managers, parents, and teachers can work with a Hunter? One example, such as migration in the hunter-gatherer society, is that some of these hunter-gatherers that naturally predisposed to these various amounts of this same gene may have value in certain kinds or qualities of social groups. However, the author does not give teachers or caregivers credit in how they go about treating hunter children.

He then goes on to describe the related characteristics, strategies for overcoming or embracing them and gives us some perspective on very successful historical figures who took advantage of ADHD to thrive. Unfortunately for ADHD children, traditional schools teach for the patient "farmers", and not the alert and quick reacting "hunters. I think this would be a good second or third book if you’ve just started your adhd learning journey. Hunters would have one of their group remain awake for some time while the others slept before being relieved by another Hunter, awake to protect the sleeping hunters from potential predators, whether animals or some other competing humans.

According to evolutionary anthropologist Ben Campbell of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, studies of the Ariaal, an isolated nomadic group in Kenya, suggest that hyperactivity and impulsivity—key traits of ADHD—have distinct advantages to nomadic people. The theory put forth is interesting and helpfully positive, but i was hoping this book would go into greater detail and explore supporting evidence.

I did appreciate this book but I feel like the author's work would have benefited from including more nuance and some sensitivity readers. As such, a lot of the book did not apply to me, which makes it tough for me to truly review it from a critical standpoint.

And then it occurred to me, the women who predominantly have inattentive ADHD, married the men with predominantly hyperactive ADHD. 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.There was no longer a tribal culture and hunters and their spouses lost their esteemed place in life’s hierarchy. 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.

My source for this comment is a Buddhist meditator of 15 years experience, with suspected ADHD myself, who also holds a PhD in neuroscience which was written on EEG brain activity in adults with ADHD. A former psychotherapist and founder of the Hunter School, a residential and day school for children with ADHD, he lives in Washington, D. 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. The same goes for distractibility and impulsivity, both very useful in that type of environment but not so easy to manage in today’s world. How to harness your ADHD “hunter” strengths to start your own business and prosper in the workplace.After feeling pretty torn up and unworthy and downright confused about my place in the world, this book helped me reframe my diagnosis in a way that made me love the way my mind works while simultaneously understanding that my type of mind isn’t in fact a burden, but indeed integral to society. Another characteristic of a good Hunter is the ability to totally focus on the moment, abandoning all consideration of any other time or place. Wish it had more in-text references, perhaps it's the academic in me, but at times it's hard to tell what's theory and what's been proven. As a person with ADHD I dont consider myself a hunter at all and found the arguments fairly trivial way to empower people who are looking to use their ADHD in a productive manner. When humanity experienced the agricultural revolution 10,000 years ago, a vastly different type of personality–the methodical “Farmer”–became dominant.

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