Emotional Needs and Hypnosis

Emotional Needs and Hypnosis

The most basic requirement for a happy, fulfilled life is to ensure our emotional needs are being met.  

If our emotional needs are not being met appropriately, we will seek alternative ways to have them met. Sometimes those alternative solutions can be detrimental to our physical and emotional well being.  Smoking, Alcohol, Drugs are examples of substitute behaviors which can lead to greater problems, rather than a solution.

Happiness must come from within to be effective, and hypnotherapy helps by replacing negative thoughts and feelings with positive suggestions on how to meet those needs internally. This is an exciting part of personal development because it empowers us to find happiness.

Instead of focussing on what is “wrong”, we can ask, “What emotional needs are not being met?” According to Maslow, if you’re dealing with a condition such as depression, anxiety, or addiction, it’s because one of your fundamental needs is not being met.

The 9 basic needs can be defined as follows:

  1. Security: We need Safety and security allow us to lead our lives without experiencing undue fear and to develop our potential.
  2. Volition: We need to feel powerful and to exist autonomously and be able to direct our own lives.
  3. Attention: We need attention from others and the ability to give attention in return.
  4. Emotional connection: We need to feel connected to other people and to experience friendship, love, and intimacy.
  5. Connection to the wider community: We need to be social and feel connected to something other than ourselves.
  6. Privacy: We need to have time and space to reflect on and learn from our experiences.
  7. A sense of status: We need to have a sense of value, within groups we are part of.
  8. A sense of achievement: We need to feel we are accomplishing things of value.
  9. Meaning: We need to have a sense that we’re part of something greater than ourselves.

A single issue or problem may be the result of multiple needs not being met, which will require more than one solution. 

Our initial goal, therefore, is to learn which need is not being met to the level required and is the primary cause of the issue. Once identified, it can be addressed directly. Identifying the needs which are not being met, or are being met inappropriately, will assist in planning the hypnotherapy to resolve that issue.

While each of us has different levels of needs, we all have the same nine basic needs required for happiness and satisfaction. Each need has a baseline level and which must be met. One person may be very happy spending most of their time, without interaction with other people, while someone else finds it very difficult to be alone and may become depressed, feeling they have no friends and have no value to anyone. 

The key to planning an effective hypnotherapy session is to identify the missing needs AND the degree to which those needs are not being met and then develop a program that will address those needs specifically.

Happiness is within each of us … Awaken Your Potential! 

 

Allan D Curtis

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