5 Core Needs of Children

We know that secure attachment is the fundamental need/condition for a child to develop optimally. The entire field of child psychology revolves around attachment theory for good reasons.

The perspective of the 5 biologically based core needs that I am sharing below belongs to authors Laurence Heller, PhD and Aline LaPierre, PsyD. For a deeper understanding, I highly recommend their great book: Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image and the Capacity for Relationship. These 5 core needs are:

  1. Connection
  2. Attunement
  3. Trust
  4. Autonomy
  5. Love

When attachment figures (parents, caretakers) do not meet these needs on a consistent basis over time, children develop “adaptive survival styles and core difficulties” (Heller & LaPierre) associated with each of these 5 needs, as follows:

1. The Connection Survival Style:

  • disconnected from physical and emotional self;
  • difficulty relating to others.

2.  The Attunement Survival Style:

  • difficulty knowing what he/she needs;
  • feeling that one’s needs do not deserve to be met.

3. The Trust Survival Style:

  • feeling that he/she cannot depend on anyone but oneself;
  • feeling that he/she must always be in control.

4. The Autonomy Survival Style:

  • feeling burdened and pressured;
  • difficulty setting limits and saying no directly.

5. The Love Survival Style

  • self- esteem based on looks and performance.

Parenting is hard as it is. There is already a lot of pressure on parents to “be good parents.”
My goal in presenting this type of information is not to overwhelm parents with “more things to do”, but to show science-based evidence that parenting is a relationship that needs effort, education, presence, and above all-connection. Most of us need to unlearn how we were parented, in order to learn to parent from the heart-conscious parenting.

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