Universal Feelings & Needs

Feelings

These are some of the feelings we might feel as signals that needs are either being met or are currently unmet. This is not a definitive list, just to get you started.


Feelings Likely When Needs are Met

Comfortable

Full, satisfied, at ease, relaxed, safe

Rested

Refreshed, Energized, Alive, Alert, Relaxed, Strong

Interested

Curious, Excited

Glad

Happy, Hopeful, Grateful, Delighted,

Peaceful

Calm, Clear, Content

Grateful

Thankful, Appreciative, Relieved

Loving

Connected, Warm, Open, Tender, Friendly, Affectionate

Playful

Adventurous, Alive, Inspired, Stimulated, Eager

Light-hearted

Funny

Serious

Intent, Quiet, Focused

Uncertain

Unsure


Feelings Likely When Needs are Currently Unmet

Uncomfortable

Unsafe, Uneasy, Irritable, Miserable, Embarrassed

Tired

Exhausted, Sleepy, Weak, Foggy, Dull

Uninterested

bored, lethargic

Sad

disappointed, discouraged, unhappy, lonely, heavy, gloomy,

Nervous

worried, confused, tense

Mad

angry, frustrated, irritated, upset, furious, hostile

Annoyed

disappointed, bitter

Scared

afraid, fearful, terrified, worried, stuck, hesitant,

Shocked

overwhelmed


Universal Needs

Human Beings all share the same universal needs. Recognizing that all our actions are trying to meet needs, helps us understand ourselves and each other better. Sometimes we choose actions that do not meet needs, and then we can make a choice to find an action that does. This Needs List is not complete, we encourage you to add to it and refine it

Physical Nurturance

Air, exercise, food, protection, rest, sexual expression, shelter, touch, water

Relationship With Ourself

Achievement, acknowledgement, authenticity, challenges, clarity, competence, creativity, integrity, knowing our gifts and talents,
meaning, privacy, self-development, self-expression, self worth

Relationship With Others

Appreciation, belonging, closeness, community, consideration,
contribution to others’ well-being, emotional safety, empathy, honesty, interdependence, kindness, love, power-with, reassurance, respect, sharing gifts and talents, to share life’s joys and sorrows, support,
to matter to someone, trust, understanding, warmth

Relationship With the World

Beauty, contact with nature, harmony,
inspiration, order, peace

Compiled by Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson

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