Human Social Functioning


Module 1 – Core Elements of HSF

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Carkhuff put his finger on the nub of the problem: analysis provides half the story by encouraging insight; while the behaviourist approach tackles the other half of what is required − action. The two have often opposed one another. But neither alone is sufficient. What is required is a synthesis. HSF has long represented this. It seeks to link us with our roots in the past, and to help us tackle effectively the present and the future.

Core elements to this paradigm are:

Peer Relationships

Humankind is a social animal. We do not live isolated from our fellows. We have a variety of relationships based on family affiliation. We also relate with those we see as our equals in some way – colleagues at work, friends etc. Within such peer relationships “expertise” can be mutually exchanged. I can learn about some aspect of life from you and your experience, you may benefit from mine in other respects.

Using Experience & Imagination

Humankind has the ability to use the mind creatively. The brain’s neurological pathways interconnect serial and parallel processing (i.e. cause effect logic and holistic thinking) and also emotional evaluations of experience. This rich and unique powerhouse of memories, knowledge and imagination is our potential for living creatively.

Time Interactions

Humankind is a creature of time − and the times we live through interact with one another. We are neither a product of the past nor the present − but of both.


Human energy is seen as linked to both our biology and our social and physical environment. Its constructive and creative flow is the main focus of attention in HSF.

Levels of Life

Humankind also passes through various stages or levels of life. Sometimes we can get stuck at a certain level, at others we may transcend the level of the mundane everyday. As with time, the levels can be lived simultaneously.

The Heimler Scale

The Scale provides a tangible symbol of the above elements. It was constructed from listening to what people said about their lives and is based on a model of expressed (Satisfactions) and blocked (Frustrations) energy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row u_row_style=”0″ u_row_paralax=”0″ u_row_scheme=”0″ css=”.vc_custom_1460637878136{background-color: #f7f7f7 !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]


Download the PDF ‘Core Elements’ for more detailed explanations of the core elements, before completing the QUIZ at the end of this module.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Download” color=”primary” link=”|title:Download%20Core%20Elements%20PDF|target:%20_blank”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row u_row_style=”0″ u_row_paralax=”0″ u_row_scheme=”0″ css=”.vc_custom_1460637920233{margin-top: 40px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_message style=”square” message_box_color=”grey” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check-circle”]


  • HSF seeks to link us with our roots in the past and to help us tackle effectively the present and the future.
  • Core elements to this paradigm are: peer relationships; using experience and imagination; time interactions; energy; levels of life; and the Heimler Scale.
  • In HSF, energy can be classed as usable (can be expressed in actions) or non usable (locked up within, often experienced as pain).
  • HSF views energy against a backdrop of positive and negative interactions. Energy should flow positively and creatively so pain is viewed as signal energy potential is blocked and seeks an outlet.
  • HSF uses the techniques of Fragmenta Vitae and Dialogue to help structure the use of imagination.
  • HSF uses the interaction of time zones of past (T1), present (T2) and future (T3).
  • Heimler presents a model of human development with four life crises.(birth, adolescence, mid life and death) Alongside he presents a framework of 3 Levels of Life.

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