A New Perspective on Human Needs

Written September 12. 2000, at 20:43 GMT.

Hugh Mackay writes a thought piece. Seriously Though...:

"Forget sex. Forget power. Forget food, shelter or the need to belong. The more I listen to people talking about their lives, and the more I ponder the highs and lows of human behaviour, the more I'm convinced that, in a society like ours, the most fundamental of all human needs is the need to be taken seriously. Everything else flows from that."
"If this need is truly fundamental, that may be why so many unsatisfied people resort, in the end, to taking themselves too seriously. There's a certain undeniable logic in the strategy that says: if other people won't take me seriously enough, why not do the job myself?"

My feelings are kind of mixed. I agree with some of his assumptions while others leave me kind of unsure. This gets me thinking though.

I just love this sort of home-brewed philosophy/psychology theories. His theory has a few things in common with some of the stuff I wrote in my essay "Einkabréf til vinar míns Internetsins" (In Icelandic).


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