The Six Human Emotional Needs

Motivational theorists and social scientists have been studying motivation for decades, trying to find out what motivates our behavior, how and why. Dozens of theories of motivation have been proposed over the years. The crux of those theories is that individuals’ most basic needs must be met before they become motivated to achieve higher level needs. Below are few motivating factors which drives human behavior.

Personal Growth
Self-development is a lifetime process. It is a procedure for human to evaluate their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realize and maximize their potential. As our lives goes on with series of transformations, we need growth to keep-up.

This is another crucial motivating factor which determine the level of human motivation. As human we life to accomplish something; especially by superior ability, special effort and great courage. Thinking of our achievements will give us sense of honour, self-respect and great esteem.

As human we all need the significance to keep existing as human, Merriam-Webster dictionary define significance as “the quality of being important; the quality of having notable worth or influence”. This include self-worth and reputation.

Love & Connection
Love is a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend. As human we all need love and connection to continue existing. Love is complete acceptance and it is completely unconditional.

All humans are born for a purpose, there are reasons why we are here, that’s why we all need to play our parts in life. Living is not about being passive. As human, we must be active in anywhere we found ourselves and we must contribute towards a greater good.

I always call it MAP: Mastery – Autonomy – Purpose. Those are the drive which is helping us to continue staying alive positively. All human needs MAP to walk the journey of life in this 21st century. There is no limit to the achievements of humans who are well motivated.


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