in8 Cards

“This resource helps you to decide what to place your attention upon, in order to make positive improvements in your life over the next couple of weeks”.

in8 Cards is a well-being resource pack designed to assist those helping to improve the lives of individuals, strengthen relationships and improve productivity within teams. Each one of the cards represents an innate human need or resource. The beautiful and thought-provoking images invite you to embark on an inward search for meaning and relevance relating to each of the key ideas. This process provides an insightful way to evaluate life situations, choices and environments in terms of how well your innate resources are being used and how well your innate needs are met. Viewing things from this perspective helps to clarify what might be prioritised to reduce stress and improve well-being.

A well-being resource that’s “a brilliant way to get people talking about what really matters”.

The cards are used throughout the world by educational psychologists, therapists, teachers, counsellors, doctors, social workers, facilitators, trainers, carers, life-coaches – in fact anyone who works to improve well-being, regardless of their environment.

in8 Cards

The orange resource cards in the center represent you and your own innate skills and resources. The blue needs cards represent those things that you need to obtain (in balance) from your surrounding environment in order to live a healthy life.

Academic Paper

A paper was recently published in the International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development “Pastoral Care in Education”. The paper was authored by Cathy Atkinson (and also: George Thomas, Natasha Goodhall, Laura Barker, Isabella Healey, Lucy Wilkinson and Jenny Ogunmyiwa) and is titled: “Developing a student-led school mental health strategy”. This paper references the use of in8 Cards by educational psychologists.

Click here to access the paper.

HG Podcast

Another recent reference to in8 Cards was made in the Human Givens podcast: “Why antidepressants need to be understood” with Marion Brown. Click here to listen (the reference is made at 3 minutes and 25 seconds into the interview).

The in8 Cards concept is inspired by the human givens approach and was developed by Alec Stansfield and Bindi Gauntlett who are both Fellows of the Human Givens Institute (HGI). They have, between them, over twenty years’ experience of using the approach to help people in all walks of life. This innovative tool is a practical aid to teach one of the fundamental human givens organising ideas in a “physical” hands-on way. A key motivation was the observation that many people can benefit hugely from understanding this model, regardless of whether they are interested in, or involved with any kind of therapy.

Having something physical to hold in your hands, spread out on a desk, move around, sort, or place in separate piles seems to help people relate to and understand the concepts much more easily and in much more depth than when the ideas are simply discussed.

The illustrations are by the renowned illustrator Laurie Stansfield who from a young age was immersed in the organising ideas that underpin human givens knowledge and skills.

The 80 page instruction book (which is included in the boxed-set) includes a summary of the needs model of well-being, suggestions for different ways of using the cards personally, with individuals and with groups. It also includes sections for each card which includes: related concepts; an explanation of the card meaning; and a story giving an example of how the card might be interpreted.

in8 Cards Workshop for Suffolk MindWe also run friendly and informal workshops from our home once each month to introduce you to different ways of using the in8 Cards resource. Please click the link below to find out more:


This is what Joe Griffin (Psychologist and co-founder of the human givens approach) says about in8 Cards:

“This creative and practical tool can help individuals and groups learn how to improve the quality of their lives”

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