Tony Robbins 6 Basic Human Needs: #2 The Need for Variety or Uncertainty

6 human needs tony robbins Nov 19, 2021

The first step to living a fulfilled life is understanding the six basic human needs.

These needs are not things that you can buy or give to yourself, but they are essential for your continued growth and development as a person. The concept of these needs was birthed by Sigmund Freud, contributed to by many psychologists over the years, and most famously pulled together by Brooklyn-born American psychologist Abraham Maslow (1908-1970). He proposed six basic human needs: physiological, safety, love/belonging, esteem, self-actualization, and transcendence.

My mentor Tony Robbins adapted this theory into one of the best tools for life transformation: The Six Basic Human Needs Assessment. The needs are Love/Connection, Variety, Significance, Certainty, Growth, and Contribution. The first four needs are necessary for survival and a successful life. The last two needs (growth and contribution), are necessary to experience a fulfilled life.

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The 6 Basic Human Needs Assessment finds your top core needs – and then explains how to improve and balance your life.

You’ll get your personal and detailed results and It’s 100% free. There are quite a lot of questions (84 to be exact), but seeing results is really worth it!

Why are the six basic human needs so important to understand?

It is important to understand they are not goals nor merely desires, but profound needs that underlie and motivate every choice, every belief, and every decision we make.

Today, we are going to talk about the core need for Uncertainty/Variety 


Your Beliefs

I believe that happiness comes from having many different experiences and challenges that exercise my emotional, intellectual or physical range.  My emotional well-­โ€being requires uncertainty, suspense, and surprise. I need the excitement that comes from variety.

How This Belief Serves You

I have many interests.  People usually see me as entertaining, dynamic, interesting and fun to be with. I can always find new things to do and new adventures. I have many friends from different backgrounds. I interact well with people of all ages and all walks of life. I am trusting and think the best of people. I’m not easily bored because I can always find something interesting to do. I’m fun loving and carefree.  I’m usually upbeat and I like to enjoy life to the fullest.

The Principles You Lost Sight Of

To have balance in life there are times where the priority is stability and responsibility in relationships. Sometimes it’s necessary to focus on subjects and tasks that are not particularly interesting in order to obtain rewards later on. You can’t always trust everyone.

The Consequences of Losing Sight of This Principle

People sometimes feel they can’t count on me, that I am uncommitted, unreliable and don’t take care of my loved ones. I can be involved in too many things at once and neglect what I need to do to make sure that I’m safe and comfortable. I can get myself into dangerous or difficult situations physically, emotionally and financially. Sometimes I can be careless about things that I know are important to me and to others.  My trusting, optimistic nature makes it possible for people to take advantage of me. Studying, memorizing and sitting still can be difficult for me and may result in challenges in my career. I can become unfocused.

 Positive means to fill this need:

  • different forms of exercise
  • participating in a club
  • going to a spa
  • extreme sports
  • attending live arts
  • spontaneous date nights with your spouse/partner
  • travel
  • learning a new hobby or skill
  • watching the news, a quality tv show or movie

Negative means to fill this need:

  • deviant sexual behavior
  • creating drama/conflict/problems
  • violent behavior
  • emotional eating
  • viewing pornography
  • becomes overly excited during crisis
  • experimenting with addictive drugs and/or alcohol can lead to addiction
  • cigarette smoking

It is crucial to plan Variety in your life.

  • How would you answer these questions?
  • How do you meet your need for Variety?
  • What do you do with your physiology, focus, and language during your variety vs. times when you experience boredom?
  • What are the differences in your feelings and behavior between the two?
  • Do you have problems, hesitations, or fears that give you emotional uncertainty and prevent you from trying new things?