What are the Human Givens?
Although we are all unique individuals we all come into the world with the same basic physical and emotional needs: physical needs such as for air, sustenance, shelter and warmth and emotional ones, such as for security, attention, being emotionally connected to others, feeling in control, having status and the sense that life is meaningful, which comes from being healthily stretched in our lives.
It is a law of nature that, if we are getting our innate needs met in a balanced way, we cannot become stressed or develop mental illness. Nature also gives us a range of innate resources to help us meet these needs. These include: memory, imagination, problem-solving abilities, self-awareness and a range of different thinking styles to use in various changing situations. These needs and resources are built into our biology and make up the ‘givens’ of human nature.
Therapists, counsellors and psychiatrists trained in the human givens approach focus on finding out what exactly is preventing a distressed person from getting their innate needs met and helping them do something about it by using their innate resources creatively in new ways. To do this, we use a variety of up-to-date, proven psychological methods and techniques focused on problem solving and developing new life skills.