We can begin at home, changing a way we think and asking different questions, such as: “What does the child need?” instead of “What is wrong with the child?” This seemingly little change can make a huge impact on the adult’s attitudes and therefore the child’s feelings, behaviors and attitudes about them self. We can shape how a child feels by helping them understand The 5 Needs early in life.
An angry child (or adult) can transform into a person with empathy (towards them self and others) by helping them understand The 5 Needs we all share in life. Keep in mind: “Our behaviors and attitudes often reflect how we do or do not meet our needs in everyday life.” Where can you use The 5 Needs?
Not just program. The 5 Needs are a perfect foundation to begin groups and even relationships. The 5 Needs gives a jumping-off spot, an opening, a way to connect with others without being “preachy.”
The 5 Needs can provide a way to create meaning in meetings. People can leave with information to take and use immediately.
Once a need is opened up, you may be surprised how much conversation can flow. "Secrets" have been shared in groups due to the topic (example: Love and Belonging has allowed people to talk about abuse in their past) and individuals have been able to talk about a variety of serious issues that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, unidentified, and not discussed, yet are essential to their healing and growth. The 5 Needs materials have been a platform for jumping into topics, situations and talks that have proven very meaningful and helpful.
The 5 Needs can be taught anywhere!
The 5 Needs can be used to bridge a gap between generations. No matter what our age, situation, race, gender, we all have the same needs. How we meet them varies and is dependent on many factors including (but not limited to) our age, life situation, abilities, financial resources, and desires. Older people can be a wonderful resource, and telling of their stores about how they met their needs decades ago can enrich relationships.
Would you share your stories and experiences with us? We want to know. We all have unique situations and different people and places we are using The 5 Needs, sharing helps us all. Contact us at Wendy@the5needs.com and we will get back with you.