About the Institute
The Human Givens Institute (HGI) is both a membership organisation – open to anyone wishing to support and promote the human givens approach through all forms of psychological, educational and social interactions – and the professional body representing the interests of those in the caring, welfare and teaching professions who work in alignment with the best scientific knowledge available about the givens of human nature.
Thousands of people around the world recognise that the organising ideas summed up in the phrase 'human givens' have enormous, beneficial implications for education, mental health, social order and the world of business, politics and diplomacy. The human givens approach enables us to think more clearly about a wide range of social issues to do with the running of society and the future and physical survival of our species, including how we bring up children to live in a rapidly changing environment.
The HGI is associated with the Human Givens College, the official teaching establishment for this approach, and all successful graduates of the College are invited to join as professional members. (There are various levels of membership.)
This professional section is the premier UK body concerned with effective counselling and psychotherapy. It advances all aspects of human givens therapeutic practice, including standards, CPD and the ethical behaviour of members.
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The governing organisations of the world seem all at sea. They are missing an essential element: that of the psychology of human nature, which is programmed into us from our genes (the human 'givens').
Chris Dyas vividly describes how he teaches troubled children to be their own therapists.
Do you feel overwhelmed with life? Like you are paddling hard just to stay afloat?
What does it take for lawyers to be able to defend the perpetrators of shocking or morally indefensible crimes? Denise Winn tried to find out.
The torment of ‘caring’ for a much-loved brother suffering from psychosis, to whom the NHS has failed to offer meaningful help …
Chris Scott, human givens therapist, addresses why a new approach to psychology which breaks away from traditional dogma is needed.
Treatmenta for schizophrenia that involve no drugs, or only low doses of them, urgently need investigation, suggests Dr Tim Calton, lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Nottingham, and colleagues.
THE pain–pleasure recall principle also explains the well-known phenomenon of conditioned taste aversion, which has always presented a problem for classical conditioning.