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What are the Six Basic Human Needs?

Have you ever asked yourself why do people do what they do?  For instance why does a person save someone’s life whilst another kills someone out of sheer pleasure?  Tony Robbin’s has developed through research that every individual world wild has 6 human basic needs.  These needs are not desires and wants.

These are psychological needs that we constantly work towards to satisfy on a mostly unconscious level of awareness.   The 6 human basic needs are the factors that influence your deepest motivations and effectively determine how you go about prioritising your decisions and actions throughout your life.

When these needs are met at a high level, you experience a great deal of happiness and fulfillment in your life. On the other hand, when these needs are not met at a high level, you will tend to feel unfulfilled and dissatisfied. However, because all this happens on an unconscious level of awareness, you probably don’t even realize why you’re feeling this way. Your life seems okay on the surface, however something is just not right. Nothing you do seems to make you happy, and life in general just seems as though it’s missing important elements that you can’t seem to identify.

So what are the 6 human basic needs?

Basic human Needs

In the above diagram you will see that the 6 human basic needs are:

  1. Certainty
  2. Uncertainty
  3. Significance
  4. Love/connection
  5. Growth
  6. Contribution

Let us see how this works in your daily life.  Say that you want to loose weight.  For you to successfully loose the desired weight loss, you need to meet the above needs.

  1. Certainty – by eating healthy, exercising and drinking water you would be pretty certain that you will loose weight.
  2. Uncertainty – is there some challenges in your exercise plan that will add some variety and challenge you?
  3. Significance – Are people telling you that they can see the changes and how hard you are working?
  4. Love/connection – do you love yourself for who you are?
  5. Growth – Are you developing as a person?  Are you learning about how you can be healthy forever.
  6. Contribution – are you participating in social activities at the gym?  Are you contributing to your exercise plan?

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at each of the needs closely and start to look at your life and how you can implement them.

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