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Essential Needs

Essential Needs © are the emotional, psychological needs that when met, have us feeling great. Feeling happy, stress free and in balance – psychologically healthy.

Sounds great doesn’t it! So what are they?

  1. Security / Feeling Safe – in all aspects of our life, our environment, the people we are with.
  2. Being in Control – this isn’t about controlling others but feeling in control of what is going on and what we are experiencing
  3. Connection to Others – having great communication and interaction – feeling loved and wanted.
  4. Privacy – having personal time and space for reflection – time for ourselves with no one else demanding things of us. The alternative of course – is too much time on our own not being a good thing!
  5. A Sense of Status and Feeling Valued – being appreciated for our contribution in all aspects of our life.
  6. Achievement and Competence – this will boost our self-esteem - being able to cope with all we have on and achieving our goals and tasks – whatever the day has in store for us.
  7. Mental Stimulation & Creativity - Our brain is like a muscle and needs to be exercised – we need personal stretch, creativity and stimulation.

With more than 2 or 3 of these needs in levels of dissatisfaction is when we start to feel unhappy and low. Left unchecked is when we can start to feel worse and tumble into stress and depression. We can also start looking around us and blame other people close to us as the cause of us feeling low.

Our secret ingredient!

To enable you to know how to keep your Essential Needs© and your life in balance, we have a unique way of showing you how to do that for yourself. Our unique Essential Needs and Life Balance and Wellbeing Audit© will give you the ability to know exactly where you, what needs attention and how you can go about making the right changes.

Our Thrive in Life Balance course is built up of our unique audit and our Essential Needs© form the foundation of all that we do.


Essential Needs are derived from the work of the Human Givens Institute (

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