Human Givens Therapy:  Counselling and Psychotherapy

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.With grateful thanks to Marion Brown,

Registered Human Givens Practitioner,Helensburgh

Human Givens Institute:


The Human Givens.
We are all born with essential physical and emotional needs and, if we are born healthy, the innate resources (tools, or 'guidance systems') to help us fulfil them.  It is because these needs and resources are incorporated into our very biology that they have become known as the human 'givens'.  When our innate emotional needs are not being met, or when our resources are misuses, or not used at all, we sufffer considerable distress, and so can those around us.   


Our fundamental emotional needs are: 
Security - safe territory and an environment which allows us to develop fully
Attention (to give and receive it) - a  form of nutrition
Sense of autonomy and control - having volition to make responsible choices
Being emotionally connected to others
Feeling part of a wider community
Friendship, intimacy - to know that at least one other person accepts us totally for who we are, "warts and all"
Privacy - opportunity to reflect and consolidate experience
Sense of status within social groupings
Sense of competence and achievement (from which comes self-esteem)
Meaning and purpose - which come from being stretched in what we do and think

The resouces nature gave us to help us meet our needs include:
The ability to develop complex, long-term memory, which enables us to add to our innate knowledge and learn
The ability to build rapport, empathise and connect with others
Emotions and instinct
Imagination, which enables us to focus our attention away from our emotions, use language and solve more creatively and objectively
A conscious, rational mind that can check out emotions, question, analyse and plan
The ability to 'know' - that is, understand the world unconsciously thorugh metaphorical pattern matching
An observing self - that part of us that can step back, be more objective and be aware of itself as a unique entres of awareness, apart form intellect, emotion and conditioning
A dreaming brain that preserves the integrity of our genetic inheritance every night by metaphorically defusing expectations held in the autonomic arousal system because they are not acted out the previous day.
                                            FROM: The Human Givens by Joe Griffin & Ivan Tyrrell.