Meaning is all we have; Relationship is all we need. Both research and common sense tell us that it would be difficult to go through life without a clear sense of meaning and purpose and without supportive relationships. When these two essential human needs are met, individuals are more likely to cope better with their predicaments and live a more rewarding life.
Human beings are the only meaning-seeking and meaning-making species on planet Earth. Everything about us is related to meaning—how we think, how we see ourselves, how we attribute meaning to different life situations, and how we tell stories about our own lives and others. The language we speak and the cultural values we hold are also aspects of our meaning systems. Therefore, meaning is all we have to work with in counselling and psychotherapy. If we can help clients better understand themselves, their world, and their predicaments, they will be able to cope better.