The Six Human Needs

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What are the six Human Needs?

Originally presented by Anthony Robbins, it’s now globally accepted that our lives are determined by what are called ‘The 6 Human Needs’

1. Certainty/Comfort.

We all want an amount of certainty in our lives. We need to be sure that particular things will, or won’t happen.  we want certainty the car will start in the morning, that we can fulfil the requirements of our career, that all of our windows and doors are locked at night so we don’t get burgled, etc.

2. Uncertainty.

At the same time, we also need an amount of UN-certainty.  We crave variety, or surprise. In fact Tony Robbins holds that the amount of excitement in your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with. The uncertainty in your life is what provides spice and adventure.

3. Significance.

Deep down, we all want to be important to someone. We want our life to have meaning and significance.

4. Connection/Love.

At some level we all need to be loved and to love others. We want to feel part of a community. We want to be cared for and cared about.

5. Growth.

Every living thing either GROW, or DIES.  To become a better person, to improve our skills, to stretch and excel in our careers and personal lives requires us to grow as a person. It may be more evident in some than others, but it’s there for everyone.

6. Contribution.

The desire to contribute to others, to help others, to make the world a better place. For them to be effective, our actions must not only benefit us, but also benefit the people around us.



Everyone’s lives are determined by their requirements for these 6 needs, but which needs are most important will vary greatly. If you were to ask someone who’s most important need is certainty, if they’d like to go skydiving with you, you’d most likely get a resounding NO! Ask the same question to a person who’s greatest need is uncertainty and the answer would most probably be the exact opposite.

What ever your goals in life, it’ll be helpful to evaluate this list to better understand your personal motivations and examine which ones seem the most significant to you.

Then, look at what you do to fulfil those needs. It’ll help explain why you do what you do. It’ll also help you to understand why other people act the way they do.

Almost all your decisions will be made using your top two needs as a guiding force.

Which two are top for you?

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