The Importance Of Human Needs
Despite our differences, we all have the same six basic human needs. These needs must be met, or we will be unhappy where we are, with our lives, and ultimately with ourselves. Each of these six needs has a strong influence on your behavior and even the type of success you achieve in life.
The need for security is the first and most basic human need. This need can manifest as a desire for financial security, physical security, or emotional security. People always seek a minimum level of security in their lives before fulfilling any other need.
If you were being chased by a tiger, your first priority would be to find safety. You would then consider other things, such as where to eat. Assuming you weren’t eaten first.
The level of security we accept varies, but in general, people prioritize obtaining a minimum level of security (such as finding a place to live) before addressing other needs. Later on, this need may be revisited, and greater security may be sought.
After you’ve established an acceptable level of security in your life, the next natural human need is comfort. So, now that you have a place to live, you’ll want to decorate and furnish it. So that it is a pleasant place to live.
People like to feel comfortable, so the desire for comfort can be a very powerful motivator of human behavior. This need, however, always arises after you have felt secure in your current location.
Your next need is for leisure once you have achieved an acceptable level of security and comfort. People place a high value on leisure time, and their behavior is strongly motivated to achieve it. Leisure, on the other hand, is a two-edged sword.
People who place an excessive value on leisure may fail to meet other needs, such as becoming lazy and lacking ambition. People may become overly productive to enjoy leisure activities, such as going on vacation.