About The Curiosity Approach and Richard Hill

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The Curiosity Approach

The Curiosity Approach has emerged from more than a decade of research and practice in psychotherapy, neuroscience and psychosocial genomics. Although this seems like a very technical background, the purpose has always been to get a deeper understanding and appreciation of what makes people tick.

After many years of work and a number of university degrees, I concluded that the most important thing is not what we know, but the state of mind - and the subsequent functioning of the brain and body. Many search for peace, happiness, success, pleasure and so many other states of being. The ideal state of being - that will then enable, enhance and sustain all of these goals - is Curiosity.

Curiosity turns on the best conditions in brain and body - positive expectation; reduced fearfulness; creativity; responsiveness; interpersonal engagement; appreciation of meaning and purpose; and an awareness of possibility. This is much more than just the seeking interest in finding answers and solving problems.

The Curiosity Approach extends the scope of curiosity beyond information into play - where serendipity and unpredictability emerge - and possibility - where meaning, purpose and creativity become the ongoing flow that deepens and enhances life and living.

There is much to explain and explore and discover within the pages and offshoots of this website and also which will emerge because of the pages and offshoots of this website.

Look for answers, yes, but that is just where you begin to open doorways of possibility that you have not yet imagined. That is the wonder of Curiosity which I hope becomes an integral part of the way you live - that you begin with a Curiosity Approach!

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Richard Hill

Richard Hill has emerged from a diverse and fascinating journey to become a successful psychotherapist and an innovative speaker on the mind, brain and the human condition. From a satisfying, if not quite famous, early career in the creative arts, Richard returned to intellectual studies at 42 (1996) beginning with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in linguistics. This triggered a curiosity that led to a diploma in counselling and a new career in psychotherapy. Studying continued and, as of 2014, he has added three Masters degrees – an MA in Social Ecology; a MEd; and a Masters in Brain and Mind Sciences (MBMSc) from Sydney University. Richard is also fortunate to have been mentored by the esteemed Ernest Rossi PhD who has invited Richard into the International Psychosocial Genomics Research Team to study the impact of therapeutic practices on the genetic level.

His fascination with the disturbing problem of stress and anxiety has resulted in his unique theory - The Winner-Loser World Theory – and the positive counterpoint – The Curiosity Approach. These theories revolutionize the way we deal with stress and anxiety and how we apply standard therapeutic practices.

Richard's books include the inspirational Choose Hope and the explanation of the Winner/Loser World Theory - How the 'real world' is Driving Us Crazy! In addition, he is published in various journals and magazines around the world and in book chapters including Perspectives on Coping and Resilience and Strengths Based Social Work Practice in Mental Health, published worldwide.

He is President of the Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS), and an Esteemed Member of the International Council of Professional Therapists. He sits on the editorial board of The Neuropsychotherapist Journal; the International Journal for Psychsocial Genomics; and is director of the Mindscience Institute. In these capacities, and as a sought after speaker and educator, he is received around the world at conferences and other professional programs.

Richard has presented to conferences around the world. He is a regular presenter at the Milton Erickson Foundation conferences in the USA and to the Australian profession through the Australian Counsellors Association. He has spoken in many locations including: Lucerne, Switzerland; Hong Kong, China; Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hertzegivina; Kathmandu, Nepal; Kuching, Malaysia; Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands; Ottowa, Victoria and Saskatoon, Canada.

A most important new aspect of his work is with the corporate and business community to share his knowledge of the mind and brain. Richard believes it is important to create working conditions that both maximise potential and also create an environment of pleasure, safety and well being in the workplace. The best place to start doing this is with the minds of the people.