The Human Givens
These are as listed by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrell and are copied from the website of The Human Givens Institute.
"Human Givens" means the needs and resources we are born with.
Whenever our emotional needs are not met, or when our resources are being used incorrectly, we suffer considerable distress. And so can those around us.
Our fundamental emotional needs are:
security (safe territory and an environment which allows us to develop well);
attention – to give and receive it;
a sense of autonomy and control;
feeling part of a wider community;
emotional intimacy – to know that at least one other person accepts us totally for who we are, 'warts 'n' all';
a sense of status within social groupings;
a sense of competence and achievement (which comes from successful learning and effectively applying skills – the antidote to ‘low self-esteem’);
privacy (opportunity to reflect on and consolidate our experiences);
a sense of meaning and purpose – which comes from being ‘stretched’ in what we do and think.
The resources Nature has given us to help us meet these needs include:
the ability to develop complex long-term memory, which enables us to learn and add to our innate knowledge;
the ability to build rapport, empathise and connect with others;
emotions and instincts;
imagination, which enables us to focus our attention away from our emotions, use language and problem solve more creatively and objectively;
a conscious, rational mind that can check out our emotions, question, analyse and plan;
a memory and the ability to forget;
the ability to understand through metaphor (pattern-matching);
self-awareness (an 'observing self');
a dreaming brain that dearouses the autonomic nervous system every night thereby keeping us sane and preserving the integrity of our genetic inheritance.
For more information and where to find a Human Givens Counsellor in your area who can help you on a one-to-one basis in just a few sessions go to:
To watch a video of Joe Griffin explaining the Human Givens Approach just click on this link.
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