The Evolution of Consciousness

Implications for Mental Health and Quality of Life

  • Bjørn Grinde

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


This book gives the reader an understanding of what consciousness is about, and of how to make conscious experiences more pleasant. It expands on a new theory that describes the evolutionary trajectory leading to conscious life forms. In short, the evidence suggests that consciousness first evolved some 300 million years ago as a consequence of the introduction of feelings. Feelings offer a strategy for making behavioural decisions. Besides playing a crucial role in the evolution of the human mind, they are a key factor in regard to mental health and quality of life. Fortunately, the human brain is plastic. By exploiting available options for modulating the mind, it is therefore possible to impact on what sort of experiences the brain serves. More specifically, you can strengthen the capacity for positive feelings and reduce the sway of negative feelings. The text covers biological, neurological, psychological, and philosophical aspects of the mind.


Awareness and the Capacity to Experience Life Biology and Mental Health Conscious and Unconscious Processes Evolutionary Process of Consciousness Evolutionary Trajectory to Conscious Life Forms Happiness and Understanding Consciousness Improving the Impact it Has on our Quality of Life Pleasure and Conscious Experiences Properties of the Brain and Positive Feelings Purpose of Ochestrating Behaviour States and Disorders of Consciousness The Meaning of Quality of Life Understanding Consciousness

Authors and affiliations

  • Bjørn Grinde
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  1. 1.Division of Mental and Physical HealthNorwegian Institute of Public HealthOsloNorway

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