Quick explanation of Human Needs Psychology for upcoming workshop!

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So what is 6 Human Needs Psychology and why would this be useful to me as a Leader?

Having just posted about the upcoming free Human Needs Psychology Overview workshop I thought a little more information would be useful!

On my website, www.beccymiller.com, you will find an overview of the 6 human Needs, what it is, why it is relevant and some contextual examples to help you understand its use in creating more personal and collective happiness and wellbeing. Just head to the Resources section to find it and if you sign up to the newsletter, you will receive a more in-depth pdf explanation and how you can immediately apply the knowledge in understanding your own thoughts and behaviours and the impact this has on your personal life and general wellbeing.

Human Needs Psychology is a term created by Tony Robbins and Cloe Madanes to describe a practical inquiry into what motivates us as people. By clarifying our beliefs, values and subsequent emotions and behaviours, many of our problems and challenges can be solved by making strategic decisions and taking specific actions. The goal is to promote rapid, sustainable change and personal growth by increasing our responsibility and mastery of our emotions, needs, decisions and purpose.

While we are all unique as individuals and have unique and individual challenges and problems, we all share the same basic needs that drive our thoughts and behaviours, we just choose to meet them in different ways and achieve very different results.

The 6 Needs are:



Love and Connection





All of these needs are essential but we each choose to prioritise and meet them in very different ways and it is the way we choose to do this that impacts on our short and long term happiness and wel-lbeing both personally and on others.

For example, the need for Certainty is our basic need to seek comfort and avoid pain ranging from needing basic shelter and food to how much control we need to feel over external circumstances and people’s responses to us.

We all need to feel a sense of Uncertainty as this is what stimulates and excites us. Again, the range of ways we can meet this need is huge but one of the most common is to seek and experience variety in our emotional state in both positive and negative ways.

We all need to feel significant and that we have value and matter and again, the rules and expectations we have to feel this are varied and present as very different behaviours and rules that can either meet this need in positive and sustainable ways or short term, instantly achievable but negative ways.

We all need to feel connected and it is argued that one of the biggest reasons for why we can feel depressed and anxious is because we feel a lack of meaningful connection to both ourselves and others.

Growth comes to us no matter how much or little we do as we change with each new experience, emotion, relationship we have. However, depending on our rules, habits of thought, emotional response and behaviours we can either grow into bigger, better versions of ourselves or grow in how we view ourselves and others negatively which will impact hugely on how we experience the world.

Finally, Contribution is the need we have to focus on and give to something beyond ourselves. It can be argues that if this need is the one that is prioritised, our other needs are very naturally met but again, it is down to the rules and expectations we have as to how positive or negative the impact is to our happiness and wellbeing levels and how we respond to, and impact on others.

Exploring and understanding which of these needs you tend to prioritise and why, can help make sense of many of the emotions, triggers, beliefs and actions you currently have and of those, which ones you would like to change to achieve improved wel-lbeing and to also improve your understanding of and connection with others.

To find out more then click here to visit the landing page for the free Human Needs Overview Workshop on Wednesday 8th July that is a taster for the more in-depth 7 week online course starting in September.

The aim is to arm you with the knowledge and skills to have a better understanding of your own and others behaviour and responses in order to better manage yourself and others, creating more sustainable and positive impact on how you live, manage and lead.

If you would like to know more then please do head over to my website to the resources and work with me page, or feel free to get in touch and I will be more than happy to chat with you in more depth and share how other Heads I have worked with have found this understanding invaluable in gaining a different perspective and approach in managing themselves and their team.

In the following few blogs, I will be taking a look at a contextual example of each need in action, using contextual examples from a school setting and how with this new understanding and approach, the head and other leaders were able to create improved outcomes in their management of staff and the impact this had on the school as a whole.

Enjoy and see you soon!