ADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer's World

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ADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer's World

ADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer's World

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This concept really made me reconsider the way society is organized and what is considered "normal" by mankind. 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. Creativity requires risk taking with motivation from within the person and the belief in one’s own goals.

The central thesis to this book is that in a primal, tribal environment, people that are hyper-alert and reactive are necessary for the collective safety and survival of the group. Ko further states that the decreased need for 'hyperfocus' was building the conditions favourable for human language. If the wild boar vanishes into the brush, and a rabbit appears, the Hunter is off in a new direction. From an evolutionary viewpoint, "hyperfocus" was advantageous, conferring superb hunting skills and a prompt response to predators.Unfortunately many of the success stories she mentions were during the 18th and 19th century back when their was less technological automation and more vocational for ADHD folk. this is one of the most important books on understanding ADHD I have come across, and I've read/listened to a lot since being diagnosed at 42 with ADHD 9 years ago. It is argued that in the hunter-gatherer cultures that preceded farming societies, hunters needed hyperfocus more than gatherers. I was fortunate enough to have enough IQ points and the interpersonal skills to minimize any adverse consequences before I was diagnosed. It could be that this type of personality is behind many great artists and scientists who focused intensely on one area and made huge progress but were still considered dropouts and eccentrics.

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.this book is a wonderful, joyful educator and extreme tear jerker, be prepared to hear some very painful stories that you will likely empathise with and have possibly experienced. 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.

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