The Human Givens
approach to psychotherapy and psychology developed out of the work and research of this group as they endeavoured to bring greater clarity to the way people who become depressed, anxious, traumatised or addicted are helped, as well as making such help more reliably effective.
Human givens psychotherapy grew out of a desire to find out why this should be so (Griffin & Tyrrell, 2003a).
Because our genetic knowledge patterns are innate, we call them human givens. They evolved from the collective experience of all mammalian species over millions of years and include our core instincts and reflexes, such as how to breathe, suckle, swallow, grasp, build rapport with our mother, swim, learn the language we hear, and, when the time comes, procreate.
Things will only improve when more flexible responses become available to these institutions so they can adjust their procedures to work in harmony with a shared understanding of the human givens. Only then might we reduce the damage being done to people.
The Human Givens approach draws no artificial boundaries between mental, physical and social problems, but aims for a seamless service that helps address all of a person's needs.
In the UK, human givens psychotherapy is often referred to as "the missing heart of positive psychology" and recognition of its contribution to mental health and education is growing.
Human givens: A new approach to emotional health and clear thinking.