The stories we tell ourselves and where they come from ![low self-esteem monster](/uploads/low self esteem monster.jpg)
As humans we don’t just need to know a list of facts to survive in the world, we also need to know what they mean, to be able to extrapolate. Fire is hot is a fact, if I put my hand in it I will get hurt is the extrapolation I need to make to stay safe.
Last time I went through the basic needs we humans need to satisfy in order to stay happy and healthy. When we meet our needs it puts us in a much better position to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life. This means we’re less likely to suffer from low self esteem, lack of confidence, anxiety, depression, addiction or other psychological problems. However the thought of having to fulfill all of these needs can be daunting at first.
![How to have a healthy mind - meeting your human needs](/uploads/woman a sleep in sunshine.jpg)
We know plants need light, water and nutrients to flourish but for humans it’s more complicated than that. Human Givens psychology has identified a number of needs beyond warmth, shelter and nutrition which all humans share to some degree. If these needs aren’t met over an extended length of time they can lead to low self esteem, lack of confidence, anxiety, depression, addiction or other psychological problems.