Personal Balance – Human Givens

Human Givens

All human beings have certain things in common. No matter where you were born, you share a set of attributes with all other human beings on this planet. The phrase “Human Givens” refers to those things which are a “given” of human nature – what we are born with.

The field of human givens recognises that in order to live a balanced and healthy life we need to have our basic human needs fulfilled. When all our needs are met we are extremely unlikely to develop behaviours such as addiction, obsessive behaviour, anxiety and the like.

A “Human Givens” therapeutic intervention offers effective, practical and fast help for people who are depressed, anxious, phobic, or suffering from trauma, addiction, anger disorders or relationship problems.

What are the human givens?

We all have basic physical and emotional needs such as the need for attention, love, security, connection and control, and the self-esteem which arises from competence and being stretched in our lives. Nature also gave us the resources to help us meet such needs including: memory, imagination, problem solving abilities, self-awareness and a range of different thinking styles to use in various changing situations. It is these needs and resources together, which are built into our biology, that make up the human givens.

When emotional needs are not met or when our resources are used incorrectly, we suffer considerable distress. And so do those around us.

Human givens therapists focus on helping clients identify unmet emotional needs and empowering them to meet these needs by activating their own natural resources in new ways. To do this they use a variety of up-to-date, proven techniques aimed at problem solving.

Human givens counsellors and therapists can help…

  • reduce anxiety
  • break the cycle of depression
  • resolve trauma
  • manage anger
  • stop addictive behaviour
  • relieve medical conditions
  • harmonise relationships

To find out more about the human givens therapy download a Brochure (PDF 377KB).