Sunday, 11 April 2010

None of Your Needs Are Being Met

Click to enlarge"Needs not being met: Physiological, love, safety, esteem, and self-actualisation needs. While it may seem surprising to you, none of your core needs are being met. You are not getting enough fuel to keep you going, and it's hindering every aspect of your life. Go back to square one. Work on getting enough rest, eating right, and even exercising. To be happy and fulfilled, your physical needs like food and sleep need to be taken care of."

The only point at which I don't agree with this is where it says it might seem surprising to me. It isn't: I know my needs have never been met. (And I've known this and been familiar with Maslow's hierarchy of needs ever since I studied psychology at Birmingham University back in the 1980s.)

Fibromyalgia robs some basic ones from me, like sleep, while it makes it difficult to undertake any employment or maintain social contacts.

And it is very hard to reach self-esteem, let alone self-actualisation, when basic needs are not fully met and, on top of this one's emotional needs have been continually disregarded and disrespected by family members.

I now know what I need to be able to provide those things for myself - and accept that no other bugger is going to do it - I just have no idea how.

How Many of Your Needs Are Being Met?

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