Human Social Functioning


Module 1
Introduction to Heimler and Human Social Functioning Methodology

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  • To describe the roots of HSF
  • To explain how HSF interlinks with other therapeutic models
  • To share the philosophy of HSF
  • To outline the core elements of HSF
  • To show how the core elements and philosophy were shaped by Heimler’s life experience, especially that experienced in the holocaust



Every practice has a framework within which it operates: a model on which to draw. Human Social Functioning is no exception. Its roots have five strands, each one a fundamental antecedent to the existence today of HSF.

European Culture

Europe has been the seedbed of two global wars in the last century. As such it can make no pretence to ignorance of the destructiveness of human nature. (A fact which the last decade of the century has only
further underlined.) At the same time modern science and technology was inspired by European endeavour. Both aspects of the European culture have become universal in the latter part of the last century. HSF was born
out of these.


Originally part of the European culture, modern psychotherapy has various strands. Many branches have flourished in the USA and found their way back to Europe. HSF belongs more to the European originals particularly to the work of Freud, Jung, Adler, Janet, Moreno and the more recent existential movement.


Psychotherapy is as much an art as it is a science. The originator of HSF was primarily a poet. Poetry has the task of portraying, through the rhythm and symbolism of words, the soul and spirit of man and his sensing of the universe about him. HSF provides a technique for listening, but it calls for those who have ears to hear the songs of the soul of mankind for it to be truly effective.

The Holocaust

The originator of HSF experienced this first hand. Such knowledge forms much of the inspiration of HSF. When the founder of HSF speaks of pain as being the spur it needs to be remembered that he speaks from the depths of pain and suffering experienced in camps such as Auschwitz.

Human Existence

Heimler was well placed to ask the question “What does it mean to be a human being?” Ultimately his approach is not about counselling or therapy. Its core lies in helping those who ask fundamental questions of human life and their place within it. Heimler experiencing as he did, the Holocaust, understood from within “man’s inhumanity to man”. There was little left to surprise him. That experience, while much redeemed by what he offered, left its wounds within him. He could only offer so much. It remains to others to further what he began, and take on into another century what he offered by way of a format for exploration.

These five aspects combine to form the genus HSF. Where these fit other organisms, and what particular roots they have, are outlined in the following notes. Included are: similarities and differences with other therapies; a collection of Heimler’s words over the years; and the core elements of HSF philosophy and methodology.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_btn title=”BACK” color=”green” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-caret-square-o-left” add_icon=”true” link=”||”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_btn title=”NEXT” color=”green” i_align=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-caret-square-o-right” add_icon=”true” link=”||”][/vc_column][/vc_row]