Personal needs are things that a human requires to live a satisfactory life. These are often placed on a hierarchy, known as Maslow's hierarchy, that move from basic needs of survival up to higher level needs such as aesthetics, self-actualization and transcendence. It is common to make a division between needs and wants. This can be counterproductive as this involves a judgement call that is inherently subjective. For example, the claim that people need exercise but merely want art, music or nature. The following are illustrative examples of personal needs.
Connection to Nature
Housing / Shelter
Risk Taking, Adventure & Epic Experience
Safety & Security
Sense of Identity
NotesMaslow's hierarchy includes the following levels: physiological needs, safety needs, love and social belonging needs, esteem needs, cognitive needs, aesthetic needs, self-actualization and transcendence needs. Modern simplifications are typically designed to place more emphasis on safety and self-esteem by compressing cognitive needs, aesthetic needs, self-actualization and transcendence needs into a single level.Beyond basic physiological needs, the ranking of needs is mostly subjective. For example, the claim that people need safety more than social needs such as belonging. This could be misleading whereby it could be interpreted as requiring 100% safety before any further needs are addressed.
Education materials and lessons that differentiate between wants and needs tend to impose subjective judgement calls presented as right/wrong answers. For example, a test that requires students to categorize a car as a want and a bicycle as a need. In real life, people might need a car far more than a bicycle depending on where they live and work.
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