As the thousands of students of Mindfields College know, physical and emotional needs are a form of knowledge programmed into us by nature (hence the term ‘human givens’) and every child and adult is genetically driven to try and get these needs met. When they can’t match up physical needs they get too hot or cold, or hungry or thirsty. And when emotional needs are not met sufficiently well enough in their environment, for whatever reason, people become anxious, angry or depressed. Eventually, if the situation persists, this can lead to more serious mental illness.
In a country where physical needs are easy to meet it is the emotional needs that are problematical. So the easiest way to find out if a group of people are mentally healthy is to ask them how well they are getting their emotional needs met by listing these innate needs and asking people to self-rate how well they feel they are met. We call this an emotional needs audit (ENA).
The first results of a survey of over a thousand people from all over the British Isles can be seen on the HGI website, we’ve just posted them there. We would like to know what you think about them!
posted by: Ivan