List of needs - Phil Drinkwater Coach

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List of needs

If you aren’t happy in life, your needs are likely not being met as fully or as often as you’d like. Here’s a list of needs which you can use to prompt you about what you might be missing in life.

Here are a few questions to help you determine your needs in life:

  • Would I be OK not getting this need met for a whole year?
  • How often would I like this need to be met?
  • Who meets this need in my life right now?
  • Would this be in my top 10 list of needs?

List of popular needs

I’ve not included “obvious” needs such as water and food.

Connection

AFFECTION

TO MATTER

COMMUNITY / BELONGING

COMMUNICATION

COMPASSION

KINDNESS

RESPECT

REASSURANCE

CARE

TO BE HEARD / SEEN / UNDERSTOOD

Security

CONSISTENCY / STABILITY

ORDER / STRUCTURE

PROTECTION

EMOTIONAL SAFETY

FINANCIAL SECURITY

Freedom

CHOICE

INDEPENDENCE

SPACE

SPONTONEITY

POWER OVER SELF

FREEDOM

Leisure

HUMOUR

FUN

JOY

PLAY / PLEASURE

TIME FOR SELF

LIVELINESS

LIGHTNESS

ADVENTURE

Meaning

DISCOVERY

LEARNING

STIMULATION

COMPETENCE

CREATIVITY

CHALLENGE

CONTRIBUTION

EFFECTIVENESS

EXPLORATION

PURPOSE

PASSION / ENTHUSIASM

WISDOM

BEAUTY

PARTICIPATION

AWARENESS

INTELLIGENCE

CLARITY

Honesty

HONESTY

INTEGRITY

AUTHENTICITY

FAIRNESS

Sense of self

GROWTH

SELF-AWARENESS

CLARITY

Peace

HOPE

INTERNAL / EXTERNAL PEACE

EQUALITY

HARMONY

Fuller list of needs

Subsistence & security needs

Physical systenance

CLEAN AIR

FOOD

HEALTH

MOVEMENT

PHYSICAL SAFETY

REST / SLEEP

SHELTER

TOUCH

CLEAN WATER

Security

CONSISTENCY

ORDER / STRUCTURE

EXTERNAL PEACE

PEACE OF MIND

PROTECTION

EMOTIONAL SAFETY

STABILITY

TRUST IN EXTERNAL

Freedom

Autonomy

CHOICE

EASE

INDEPENDENCE

POWER OVER SELF

SELF-RESPONSIBILITY

SPACE

SPONTONEITY

Leisure / relaxation

HUMOUR

JOY

PLAY

PLEASURE

REJUVENATION

TIME FOR SELF

Connection

Affection

APPRECIATION

ATTENTION

CLOSENESS

COMPANIONSHIP

HARMONY

INTIMACY

LOVE

NURTURING

SEXUAL EXPRESSION

SUPPORT

TENDERNESS

WARMTH

To matter

ACCEPTANCE

CARE

COMPASSION

CONSIDERATION

EMPATHY

KINDNESS

MUTUAL RECOGNITION

RESPECT

TO BE HEARD / SEEN

TO BE KNOWN

TO BE UNDERSTOOD

TO BE TRUSTED

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

REASSURANCE

Community

BELONGING

COMMUNICATION

COOPERATION

EQUALITY

GENEROSITY

INCLUSION

MUTUALITY

PARTICIPATION

PARTNERSHIP

SELF-EXPRESSION

SHARING

Meaning

Understanding

AWARENESS

CLARITY

DISCOVERY

LEARNING

MAKING SENSE OF LIFE

STIMULATION

Sense of self

AUTHENTICITY

COMPETENCE

CREATIVITY

DIGNITY

GROWTH

HEALING

HONESTY

INTEGRITY

SELF-ACCEPTANCE

SELF-CARE

SELF-CONNECTION

SELF-KNOWLEDGE

MATTERING TO SELF

Meaning

ALIVENESS

CHALLENGE

CONSCIOUSNESS

CONTRIBUTION

CREATIVITY

EFFECTIVENESS

EXPLORATION

INTEGRATION

PURPOSE

WISDOM

Transcendence

BEAUTY

CELEBRATION OF LIFE

FAITH

FLOW

HOPE

INSPIRATION

INTERNAL PEACE

PRESENCE

Other

Honesty

AUTHENTICITY

SELF-EXPRESSION

INTEGRITY

TRANSPARENCY

REALNESS

TRUTH

FAIRNESS

Play

LIVELINESS

VITALITY

PASSION

SPONTANEITY

FUN

HUMOUR

LIGHTNESS

DISCOVERY

ADVENTURE

VARIETY

DIVERSITY

REFRESHMENT

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