Everyone has a soul and an instinct to survive. Our soul is immortal, rational and conscious, while our survival instinct ensures we get our material needs. The combination of our soul and survival instinct gives us our personality and character. By understanding these two separate aspects of ourselves, we gain a deeper appreciation of who we are as a whole.

Our survival instinct is responsible for immunity, nervous response, emotions and facial structure. Our face is vital for social survival because it conveys to others what we feel and the needs we require. Our face is designed for others to see, not for us to see. Soul & Survival links facial features to instinctive character traits.

Emotional needs

People are at their best when their basic emotional needs are met. However base emotional needs differ. Some people are practical with their feet on the ground, while others are romantic, thrill seeking or academic. Misunderstandings often occur because of the mistaken belief that emotional needs are the same for everyone.

Every person can be categorised into one of seven groups. Each group has different needs. When these needs are not met we feel dissatisfied and unfulfilled. It is vital to know what our basic needs are, as well as the needs of those we love. This gives us the best chance of a happy and fulfilled life.

Life themes and survival strategies

Every person comes into their life with a number of survival strategies in place. Some instincts are for physical survival, such as natural drives to breathe and eat, while others are for our social survival. Social survival skills are what we employ to secure our position within the group. Nature survives through diversity. It is not beneficial for all human beings to contribute to the group in exactly the same way. As a result, a number of effective yet different strategies have evolved to socially secure us. These different strategies are represented by seven different groups.

Each of the seven groups has been given a colour for easy recognition. Each colour group has up to thirty identifiable survival strategies and qualities. Soul & Survival details all these qualities together with a comprehensive explanation as to why we have these characteristics, when we use them and how they can trap us in an endless cycle of repetition and reaction.

Individuals cannot survive as well by themselves as they can in a group. As a result our survival instinct helps protect us, by providing qualities needed or desired by the group. These qualities give us personal value and we instinctively revert to them for protection under stress. Regardless of whether an individual is extroverted or introverted, academic, technical, physical or creative; social survival skills are the topics and emotions around which individual behaviour revolves.

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