6 Basic human needs

James Justin Psychological Health, Top 10

There’s always a reason why we act the way we do. One essential factor is our needs. While each person is unique, we all share similar basic needs; and most of our behaviors are driven by our basic needs. The more we understand our needs, our thoughts, our feelings, and our actions, the more we can improve our lives.

When I was in school to become a psychotherapist, I learned a great deal about Maslows’ hierarchy of needs. I discovered how our behaviors are shaped by our thinking, feelings, or needs. That’s why it’s often quoted, “if we change our mindset, we’ll change our lives.” Now, let’s briefly explore the 6 basic human needs from Maslows and Robbins’ perspectives.

The Six Basic Human Needs by Dr. Abraham Maslow:

The Six Basic Human Needs by Dr. Abraham Maslow, The Maslows Hierarchy Of Needs

  1. Physiological needs: These include air, water, food, and sleep. These needs are required for our survival.
  1. Safety needs: The basic Safety and Security needs include:
  • Personal security
  • Financial security
  • Health and well-being
  • Safety net against accidents/illness and their adverse impacts
  1. Love and belonging: After physiological and safety needs are fulfilled, the third level of human needs is interpersonal and involves feelings of belonging, connection, love, and Intimacy.
  1. Esteem: All humans have a need to feel respected; this includes the need to have self-esteem, self-respect and self-confidence. Esteem presents the typical human desire to be accepted and valued by others. People often engage in a profession or hobby to gain recognition. These activities give the person a sense of contribution or value.
  1. Self-actualization: This level of need refers to what a person’s full potential is and the realization of that potential. Maslow describes this level as the desire to accomplish everything that one can, to become the most that one can be. “What a man can be, he must be.”

The Six Basic Human Needs by Anthony Robbins

The Six Basic Human Needs by Anthony Robbins

1. Certainty: We all want comfort, pleasure and do our best to avoid pain. We want certainty… the car will start, our family and friends will be there for us and we’ll have enough money to maintain our lifestyle.

2. Uncertainty/Variety: the need for the unknown and changes. At the same time, we want certainty, we also crave variety. This process makes life interesting and exciting.

3. Significance: The need to feel unique, important, and special. Deep down, we all want to be important, popular, and valued.

4. Connection/Love: A strong feeling of love and closeness with someone and with something. We want to feel part of a community where we are cared for and cared about.

5. Growth: The need to expand our capacity, capability, or understanding. It’s the need to become better, to improve our skills, to develop, and to excel.

6. Contribution: The need to serve, to help, to share, to give, to inspire, to empower, and to support others. The desire to contribute to something of value to help others, to make the world a better place than we found it.

Both Dr. Abraham Maslow and Tony Robins share groundbreaking insights into human behaviors. The 6 basic needs discussed in this blog offer a psychological view on human behaviors and personality. Review these needs as often as possible to better understand your needs. When you understand your needs and take proactive steps to meet them effectively, it will help you develop new patterns that lead to lasting success, fulfillment, and joy.

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