Human needs unfolded

September 8, 2015

Physical sustenance

  • Air
  • Food/Water
  • Health
  • Movement
  • Physical safety
  • Rest / sleep
  • Shelter
  • Touch

Security

  • Consistency
  • Order/Structure
  • Peace
  • Peace of mind
  • Protection
  • Safety
  • Stability
  • Trusting

Leisure/Relaxation

  • Humour
  • Joy
  • Play
  • Pleasure

Affection

  • Appreciation
  • Attention
  • Closeness
  • Companionship
  • Harmony
  • Intimacy
  • Love
  • Nurturing
  • Sexual expression
  • Support
  • Tenderness
  • Warmth

Understanding

  • Awareness
  • Clarity
  • Discovery
  • Learning

Autonomy

  • Choice
  • Ease
  • Independence
  • Power
  • Self-responsibility
  • Space
  • Spontaneity

Meaning

  • Aliveness
  • Challenge
  • Contribution
  • Creativity
  • Effectiveness
  • Exploration
  • Integration
  • Purpose

Mattering

  • Acceptance
  • Care
  • Compassion
  • Consideration
  • Empathy
  • Kindness
  • Mutual recognition
  • Respect
  • To be heard / seen
  • To be understood
  • To be trusted
  • Understanding others

Community

  • Belonging
  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Equality
  • Inclusion
  • Mutuality
  • Participation
  • Partnership
  • Self-expression
  • Sharing

Sense of self

  • Authenticity
  • Competence
  • Creativity
  • Dignity
  • Growth
  • Healing
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Self-accesptance
  • Self-care
  • Self-realization
  • Mattering to myself

Transcendence

  • Beauty
  • Celebration of life
  • Communion
  • Faith
  • Flow
  • Hope
  • Inspiration
  • Mourning
  • Internal peace
  • Presence

Sources: Marshall Rosenberg; Manfred Max-Neef; Miki and Arnina Kashtan

From: Service Design: 250 essential methods by Robert A Curedale

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