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Maslow states a sense of safety and security is our most basic need, aside from food and sleep. Throughout my research with veterans, I talked to many who thrived amidst the chaos of combat. I believe the most important basic need is our need to be needed.
The need to be needed is one of our fundamental desires. We want to feel ificant in the eyes of others, even if it is only one other person. We want to feel like we play an important role, whether in an organization, family, or life of another. The need to be needed is rooted in our need for a sense of contribution to something beyond ourselves. When this need is unfulfilled in the case of job loss, divorce, or ificant life-transitions, we may find ourselves beginning to lack a sense of contribution.
When this sense of contribution goes away, we lose a sense of purpose and direction. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, you can check out my resource for suggestions on how to find help. My argument that belonging is more important than safety and security comes from my research on veterans in transition to civilian life.
Many soldiers in combat flourish while knowing they could be killed at any moment.
Sebastian Junger, in his book Warwrites:. Individuals in the combat unit rely on one another to fulfill a specific duty. Each person experiences the highest degree of being needed because their role is essential to the success of a mission. Compare the high degree of being needed within a combat unit to the prospects facing a recent veteran.
Veterans transition to a civilian environment that is much safer, but often fails to provide them with a sense being needed. Rather than flourishing, many begin a downward spiral into despair and suicidal thoughts. Although we need to feel needed, we need to be mindful if this turns into a form of addiction. Addiction to the need to be needed can also be called codependency.
Codependency occurs when our desire to contribute stems from a sense of not being enough. We are no longer human beings; we become human doings. Our basic need for food can turn into an addiction, our need for safety and security can turn into anxiety and obsession, and our need for self-esteem can turn into narcissism.
The dark side of these needs comes from an attempt to fill an inner void with an external substance or behavior. If our need to be needed is not met, we may overcompensate for our lack of love and belonging by trying to gain acceptance through continually doing things for others. There are many different forms of codependency, but the most common is enabling someone with addiction by continually doing things for them to keep everything together.
In reality, the codependent person is operating in a state of complete self-neglect. Their self-worth and identity quickly erode into nothing. This sense of emptiness further fuels the addiction to helping others, giving gifts, or generally attempting to gain a sense of ificance. If this resonates with you and you want to learn how to be more effective in your attempts to help others, check out my article, When Does Helping Become Enabling? In that article, I present an in-depth distinction between helping and codependent enabling, particularly when helping someone with an addiction.
Helping allows you to be the most effective version of yourself in your relationships with others, whereas enabling keeps you trapped in this unhealthy dynamic. If you are struggling with codependency, you can find local support on the Psychology Today therapist search engine. If you are interested in trying online counseling, visit BetterHelp. Their main benefit is lower costs and high accessibility through their mobile app. If you want a free trial, complete their online application herethen select the option stating you are unable to afford counseling, before entering your payment information.
The key to recovering from codependency is developing personal boundaries and starting to focus on self-care. Over time, a person suffering from codependency may build a sense of identity and self-esteem. We are social beings, and our need to be needed is rooted in this reality. We can fulfill this need in healthy ways, so long as we maintain personal boundaries, engage in self-care, and have a foundation of self-worth.
We can fulfill our need to be needed when we find a way to make ourselves useful within our social context. On a public policy level, we need to consider ways to reduce the impact of life transitions on our need to be needed.
Problematic life transitions could include students in transition to the work-world, retirees transitioning out of their profession, veterans in transition to civilian life, professional athletes leaving their sport, and priests retiring from their role. Humans are fundamentally social creatures, and when our social needs are met, we feel a sense of belonging and purpose. Their main benefit is lower costs, high accessibility through their mobile app, and the ability to switch counselors quickly and easily, until you find the right fit.
For persons struggling with anxious thoughts, depressed moods, low self-esteem, low motivation, or loneliness, check out Better Help here. If you are looking for a specialist near you, use the Psychology Today therapist directory here. Although prices are generally higher on this directory, many of the practitioners accept insurance. As always, it is important to be critical when seeking help, since the quality of counselors are not consistent.
If you are not feeling supported, it may be helpful to seek out another practitioner. I wrote an article on things to consider here. If you live in Canada, I provide virtual addiction counselling. You can contact me here for a free 15 min phone consultation. On the go? Listen to the audio version of the article here: If you've grown up feeling like something was missing, you Listen to the audio version of the article here: As an addiction counselor, I've learned the importance of Listen to the audio version of the article here: As an addiction counselor, I have been fascinated by the The problem in choosing a theory of motivation is that there are according to Kleinginna and Kleinginna different definitions of motivation.
The second problem is that it is often assumed that the choice of one excludes all others, that is, they are mutually exclusive. Such problems make it difficult or depending on standpoint or easy to prove a theory of motivation. Self esteem or self worth can lead to depression, hopelessness and suicidal ideation. Even self esteem may be too narrow of a concept to describe what is happening to our veterans. I think the answer can be found in the work done by Deiner — Subjective Well Being. The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
On a side note it made me think about how a sense of spirituality or a connection with God can also lead to a more purposeful, and hence fulfilling life. Reblogged this on Will the real reality please stand up! As one who has to spend a lot of time at home due to health issues and away from my kids, since they have a healthy dad and step mom I feel like I only find meaning in finding ways to help others. Sometimes I may get a bit ridiculous in looking for those who may need a listening ear, or finding subjects that people around me might need as much as I do.
I just really, really relate. I hear you. Having gone from being the person everyone turned to when all hell was breaking loose, because I was calm in a crisis, I came home, against my wishes had I had a choice at the time, because of an injuryfeeling like I had not only lost my military family, but my real-life family as well. A few things give me peace. Volunteer work has helped a bit.
Thanks for a great article! I got that article from a really great blog by a sociologist who is studying veterans in Canada. Check it out if you have the time. Best wishes to you, and thank you so much for your service! Reblogged this on DreamGal and commented: I found this post to be very relatable. Part of our self-worth is derived from our sense of purpose and belonging. This Anyone else just want to feel wanted resonated with me because the whole purpose of this blog is develop this sense of purpose for myself and for my audience.
Until, with a little help, I realized that all I wanted to do is help others, be creative, and enjoy what I do. So I created this blog, which is deed to inspire those that are, like me, striving to be the person they want to be and figure out their place in the world.
So, I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did. Reblogged this on Art by Rob Goldstein and commented: This is superb…! Reblogged this on Housegoat's Blog. I called my Dad and told him what happened. I was paranoid that someone had used my name on the complaint to the Advocate General. Dad told me to file a complaint with the Advocate General for his obvious abuse and Anyone else just want to feel wanted demeanor. After that, the boarding home moved me to a different bedroom that had less than half the space as five single beds were all crammed in there.
I made the decision that I had to move to a different boarding home in the state.
Anyway that phrase really caught my attention because it was difficult at first being in my own apartment and only knowing people from the mental health facility; however, with time I befriended a neighbor and also got to become friends with some of the other client who attend that facility that live in these apartments for the disabled.
I recently hosted my first Christmas get together with just my specialized group members, about ten people. Thank you for sharing your story. You have great insight and this hits home for me. Since I had to quit my job with a mental health social center because of health problems I have had a very hard time coping.
This job gave me a sense of purpose as a peer mentor after I had lost everything due to bipolar disorder.
I had never felt needed my entire life. I always felt like a burden.
When I found out that I could use my experiences to help others, it literally saved my life. I got as much from the clients as they got from me and it was like a big family. My physical needs are being taken care of. I have shelter and food. But no I am not happy. I have to find ways of being useful but my condition is such that I can barely do anything. The dynamics of how to survive in the very worst of conditions, a German concentration camp, surely has a lot to teach us.
I would probably be the type to give up, but maybe I can learn to be stronger. I certainly would not blame anyone for giving up under such horrendous circumstances, but those that found meaning and purpose in a situation of having to endure pointless random cruelty certainly have much to teach us about survival. This is such a great blog and i am glad you visited mine so that I could find you! Good job and good luck with your research and education. Reblogged this on Bipolar Lessons. This was a very interesting read and I wholeheartedly agree with your idea. Even blogging and the use of social media for its good and bad feeds into this — the need to be validated and a recognition that even a simple, quite possibly mundane sentence has struck a chord and been appreciated by someone, some place.
And on that note, thank you for following, appreciated. A few years ago I had a stable job and a stable income, but I was still suicidal and depressed. The day I discovered my purpose and passion I began to live. I especially appreciated the article having recently discovered Dr. Viktor E. Thanks for your interest in Otherearths!
Thank you for this post! Could it be that we can each learn this lesson? Think about it.
Ultimately, we have two choices when life gets tough: 1. Bitterness 2. When we begin to take that specific trial and surrender it, it can be used for a much bigger good than we ever dreamed of. Not easy…. And what else happens?Anyone else just want to feel wanted
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