Our Basic Emotional Needs and Resources
So far we now know that nature provides us with incomplete templates initiated by need and that as
we learn to have our needs satisfied these templates complete and allow us to repeat learned
skills and behaviours without thinking too much about them. Other needs then automatically come to
the fore and we continue to learn.
Nature has also designed-in many different ways in which we can complete these templates, and these
are resources which are also programmed to become available as they are needed. Resources such
as memory, imagination, problem solving abilities, self-awareness and a variety of complementary
thinking styles to use in different situations.
We quickly learn that we can have our needs met by using our resources to help complete our skill
and behaviour templates. As we grow and develop these needs continue to unfold as life changes and
new templates are continuously brought to the fore for completion. Consider the needs of a newborn
child, versus a five year old, a teenager, a partner, a parent, a career individual, a retiree, and such
are the number of potential templates available to us, we are capable of becoming all of these and
more. We are blessed with so much flexibility , no wonder human beings have not only survived, but
flourished as a species.
Of course there are aspects of each of us that make us unique and we are not all capable of achieving
everything, but we are often much more capable than we ever realise. This
under-used potential is a major resource which Human Givens therapy uses to help you help yourself to
overcome emotional distress.
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