Human givens is a new approach to therapy that encompasses the latest understandings from neurobiology and psychology. Popularized by the 2004 book by Joe Griffin, Ivan Tyrrell, and Denise Winn, human givens offers a holistic, scientific framework for understanding how individuals and society work.
Just as humans have physical needs for water, food, and shelter, they are born with emotional needs that they must meet. According to human givens, there are nine main emotional needs ranging from the need for security, autonomy, status, and privacy, to feeling connected to others through friendship, attention exchange, and a sense of belonging. People also have an innate set of resources, an instinctive knowledge that drives them to meet these needs. Together, these needs and resources make up the human givens approach.