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Updated: Apr 12

Basic needs spelled in printer's type

Understanding the human needs that are relevant to any situation, relationship – or even brief encounter – can be extremely helpful in connecting with other people.


We've grouped this selection of needs under three headings.


Physical needs speak for themselves – they're essential for our bodily health and wellbeing.


The psychological/emotional needs are grouped according to 'Self' – those that you can satisfy by yourself as an individua; and 'Others', needs that can only be met by other people. Although you will notice that some needs are in both list.

 

Physical Needs

air
food
health
movement
rest
safety
sex
shelter
sleep
touch
warmth
water
 

Emotional/Psychological Needs  – Self

accuracy

achievement

agency

authenticity

beauty

challenge

choice

clarity

coherence

compassion

consistency

control

creativity

economy (thrift)

effectiveness

efficiency

freedom

fulfilment

growth

harmony

honesty

hope

humour

identity

influence

inspiration

integrity

learning

logic

meaning

nature

novelty

to nurture

order

pain avoidance

peace

play (fun)

pleasure

positive self-regard

power

privacy

quality

 (self) reflection

relevance

self-expression

spirituality

stability

stimulation
 

Emotional/Psychological Needs  – Others

acceptance

acknowledgement

appreciation

belonging

communication

community

company

connection

consideration

empathy

fairness

friendship

harmony

honesty

identity

inclusion

influence

integrity

love

loyalty

positive regard

respect

reliability

sincerity

status

support

trust

understanding

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