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ADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer’s World, 3rd Edition

A Hunter in a Farmer’s World
Narrated by: Robin Douglas
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A newly revised and updated edition of the classic guide to reframing our view of ADHD and embracing its benefits

  • Explains that people with ADHD are not disordered or dysfunctional, but simply “hunters in a farmer’s world” - possessing a unique mental skill set that would have allowed them to thrive in a hunter-gatherer society 
  • Offers concrete non-drug methods and practices to help hunters--and their parents, teachers, and managers - embrace their differences, nurture creativity, and find success in school, at work, and at home
  • Reveals how some of the world’s most successful people can be labeled as ADHD hunters, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, and Andrew Carnegie 

With 10 percent of the Western world’s children suspected of having Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADHD, and a growing number of adults self-diagnosing after decades of struggle, the question must be raised: How could Nature make such a “mistake”? 

In this updated edition of his groundbreaking classic, Thom Hartmann explains that people with ADHD are not abnormal, disordered, or dysfunctional, but simply “hunters in a farmer’s world.” Often highly creative and single-minded in pursuit of a self-chosen goal, those with ADHD symptoms possess a unique mental skill set that would have allowed them to thrive in a hunter-gatherer society. 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. 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.  

As Hartmann shows, by reframing our view of ADHD, we can begin to see it not as a disorder, but as simply a difference and, in some ways, an advantage. He reveals how some of the world’s most successful people can be labeled as ADHD hunters and offers concrete non-drug methods and practices to help hunters - and their parents, teachers, and managers - embrace their differences, nurture creativity, and find success in school, at work, and at home. 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.

©1993, 1997, 2019 Thom Hartmann. All Rights Reserved. (P)2019 Inner Traditions Audio. All Rights Reserved.

Critic Reviews

“In this groundbreaking book, Thom Hartmann makes a unique contribution to our understanding of ADHD. In considering ADHD in an evolutionary context, Thom was the first to point out the survival advantages of ADHD in hunter-gatherer societies and also the first to identify the link between ADHD and creativity. As such, Thom will be recognized as a pioneer contributing to the reconceptualization of ADHD from being considered only a ‘disorder’ to being viewed as a ‘mode of thought’ characterized by enhanced flexibility and creativity.” (Richard Silberstein, professor emeritus of cognitive neuroscience at Swinburne University)

“It is refreshing to find a book that places ADHD in a framework that does not imply dysfunction.... The metaphor of a ‘hunter in a farmer’s world’ fits so many of the ADHD youngsters and adults with whom I have worked.” (Margaret (Peg) Dawson, EdD, NCSP, codirector of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders)

“Why are attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and related conditions so common? Could they in some way be advantageous? These questions and some possible answers are woven through this book, providing basic factual information about ADHD with a twist that helps readers recognize the value - sometimes quite special - of people who have it.” (Dale E. Hammerschmidt, MD, FACP, emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota)

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  • 19-02-2020

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The reader verbally said "quote unquote" throughout the book. It was very distracting and could have been implied via inflection. Otherwise, Robin was ok. The book has information that was new to me, but it was repetitive.

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  • Robyn Wilson
  • 26-05-2020

The best book I have read about Adhd

I really loved it and will probably read it a few more times. The narrator wasn't too monotone aswell.

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