The Human Givens Charter — A vision for good government

Achieving mental and physical health

It is the way needs are met, and the way the resources that nature gives us are used, that determine the physical, mental and moral health of an individual. As such, the human givens are integral to understanding human behaviour and psychology. They are the benchmark position to which we should all refer and defer — in education, mental and physical health and the way we organise and run our lives and the country.

It is a law of Nature that when a human being gets his or her innate emotional needs met in balanced ways he or she cannot suffer mental illness. Those whose needs are not fulfilled, or whose innate resources are damaged in some way, are the ones who suffer considerable distress and may develop, as a means of coping, mental illness or antisocial behaviours that are a burden to others.

The human givens, therefore, are integral to understanding human behaviour and psychology. When we get our innate physical needs met we grow up physically healthy; when we get our innate emotional needs met in balanced ways, we grow up emotionally and psychologically healthy.

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