Human Givens therapy collectively draws on the findings from psychology, neurobiology, ancient wisdoms and new insights and has evolved with these. It has evolved to be brief and effective in helping people return to a healthy and sustainable psychological state and a sense of wellness.
The human givens approach derives from the understanding that we are all born with a set of emotional needs and innate mental resources designed to help us get those needs met in our environment. When our essential emotional needs are met, and our innate resources used correctly, a human being will be emotionally and mentally healthy.
Essential psychological needs include the need for autonomy, a sense of control, security, connection with others, giving and receiving attention, achievement, status, and meaning and purpose.
Innate resources and instincts, much studied by neuroscientists, include our ability to learn from experience, build rapport, imagination, emotions, a rational mind, empathy, a moral sense, long-term memory, a dreaming brain, and the ability to see the ‘bigger picture’.
It is when emotional needs are not adequately met, or are met in unhealthy ways, or when innate resources are damaged or are unintentionally misused, that emotional and mental distress such as anxiety, anger, depression, addiction and psychosis develop. For instance, misuse of the imagination – to conjure up the worst possible or threatening scenarios – is a common feature of all these states.
Human Givens therapy brings together the most effective and evidence-based theory and techniques from the world of psychology and psychotherapy to help people regain proper use of their skills and resources, resolve old traumas if needed, and set them back on track as quickly and naturally as possible.
For more information about the Human Givens approach, visit https://www.hgi.org.uk/