chapter  1
Wired to survive rather than thrive
Session one: how we evolved – threat, drive and soothing systems
ByErik van den Brink, Frits Koster, Victoria Norton
Pages 18

Being human is a big mystery. It is as if we wake up one day, finding ourselves thrown into this life, realising we are a human being. We start off by not choosing to be here and then we are continually confronted by circumstances that were not our choice either. We did not choose where we came from and how evolution shaped us. We are an ongoing work in progress, trying to adapt to life’s ever-changing challenges, not knowing where we are going. Even if you were lucky enough to have a fair start and were raised in a warm and loving family, in relatively peaceful and prosperous circumstances, you will sooner or later encounter difficulties, smaller or bigger traumas, frustrations and losses. Even if you feel fine at the moment, you know you are going to grow old and die and eventually lose all that is dear to you. The world is impermanent, largely uncontrollable and practically unpredictable.