Today I wanted to continue on the subject of the human needs as I feel realization and better understanding on this subject is essential to seeing so many things happening around us, why do people do all those things, we wonder?
In summary from my last post, if you have not read it I advice you to just scroll and see, there are 6 human needs 4 basic and 2 spiritual.
Basic are Certainty, Variety, Significance and Love/Connection.
What really grabbed me is what I want to continue talking about here.
When 3 of those basic needs are met with some activity or a thing that we do, met to a high degree if there is a scale from 1 to 10 on a 7-8 level this activity or a habbit becomes an addiction. I will give you an example:
It could be alcohol, think about it. Alcohol gives you for sure variety, who doesn't enjoy the occasional drink as it puts you in a whole different state. So the change(variety) is in the state of mind. Also when you do a bit more drinks for sure you meet with significance. A lot of people get their ego boosted, some feel rage or whatever comes out. It is just to make you feel more significant. Nobody can deny alcohol makes you feel connected. Love and connected is met on a high degree. In some wicked way Certainty is also met with a drink. You know what you are getting and you do it. You know the outcome so it is certain and we often say I need a drink. All in all alcohol meets all of the basic needs. That is why it is so common, it is easy to get, if you do not abuse it you will be fine therefore people nowadays drink.
So what if this becomes addiction. When I say addiction I do not mean something bad that we cannot control. Addiction to me is just something we want on a subconscios level. We seek it. Another example can be gambling, think about what gambling gives you and you will understand why people do it all the time. Just meets their needs. And, this is fine as long as we realize what is happening and we are the masters that control it. I like to gamble, I like to drink, but just be aware why you do it, what does it give you and control it so it does not become a problem.
There are many more examples I can provide from our everyday life to things we do that become addictions. Probably one more of mine is playing games, either board ones or computer ones. Those even can fill some of the spiritual needs like growth when you develop a character or something. Variety, connection to others that play the game can also be met. So we like doing it and we say I like computer games for example. In reality we just like what those give us, meet our needs. If you get good in games you surely meet significance as well.
My point is just be aware of you addictions, ebrace them and control them because they are there to help you or push you in a negative direction if they take control of you.
Try an exercise. Think for a few minutes what are the things you like most to do, positive things, activities. Then think what needs those meet.
Also after think what bad habbits do you have. Do you drink, smoke, use too much caffeine or whatever and see what those give you. Understand why you do it.
When you analyze this and see the bigger picture you can then choose what habbits you keep and what you change. I will personally keep few of my addictions, I like them but I control them not vice versa.
Next post I will move on another aspect of needs. What are the controlling ones in our lives. What are the leading ones and what happens then.
Hope this is interesting and useful folks,
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