How well can you function with unmet needs?

Anankelogy 101

05  Functionality

 

Psychosocial functionality cycles

 

As described earlier, you experience your psychosocial needs in a four-phase cycle.

  • Interdependency needs: Your focus on your self-needs decrease as your social-needs increase. You depend on yourself to (re)connect your dependence on others.

  • Dependency needs: Your focus on your social-needs puts your self-needs on the backburner. You depend on others for what you cannot do for yourself.

  • Counterdependency needs: Your focus on your social-needs decrease as your self-needs increase. You depend on those in your relationships, but now must rely increasingly on yourself.

  • Independency needs: Your focus on your self-needs puts your social-needs on the backburner. You depend inwardly on yourself, to not get overdependent on others.

 

Independency needs then give way to your interdependency needs. As the cycle repeats.

Pronunciation guide

anankelogy [n.] (ä'-nä-kĕ'-lŏ-jē): the study of need, specifically here the human experience of need.

anankelogical [adj.] (ä'-nä-kĕ-lŏ'-jĭ'-kâl): of, relating to, or characteristic of anankelogy; referring to the role of need in another subject.

anankelogist [n.] (ä'-nä-kĕ'-lŏ-jĭst): one who studies the role of need in observable phenomenon.

anankelogically [adv.] (ä'-nä-kĕ-lŏ'-jĭ-kâ-lē'): referring to the role of need on some action. E.g., Political views tend to be less rationally deduced and more anankelogically produced. 

anakelogic [adj.] (ä'-nä-kĕ-lŏ'-jĭk): same as anankelogical.

The more your needs resolve, the better you can function

Your interdependency functionality needs

You naturally focus more on your previously dormant social-needs. You find yourself paying less and less attention to your self-needs.

 

As your self-needs give ground to your reawakened social-needs, you instinctively realize your continued functioning must look more outward than inward. How can you give more to those depending on you?

 

Your dependency functionality needs

As your social-needs take center stage, your functioning looks outward. You emotionally emphasize your need for others.

 

You must trust others more, to provide essentials you cannot adequately provide for yourself. Your functioning requires cooperation, group cohesion, and more. You will not be able to function long without others.

 

Your counterdependency functionality needs

You naturally focus more on your previously dormant self-needs. You automatically pay less and less attention to your social-needs.

 

As your social-needs give ground to your emerging self-needs, you intuitively realize your continued functioning must look more inward than outward. What has your relationships done for you?

 

Your independency functionality needs

As your self-needs take center stage, your functioning looks inward. You emotionally know you must stand more on your own.

 

You must be more self-reliant, and more autonomous. You must be personally free to be your honest self. You will not be able to function long if you don’t.

Cycling through these functionality needs

The more your needs resolve, the better you can function. The light turns green for you to proceed with life.

 

The less your needs, resolve, the less you can function. The light turns yellow for you to yield to whatever gets in your life’s way.

 

If too many of your needs persist unresolved, you can barely function at all. The light turns red for you to stop and concentrate on your survival.

PEAKFUNCTIONAL CYCLE

 

You prioritize resolving all your needs as promptly and fully as possible. The four psychosocial guardians sustain your need-resolving momentum.

 

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Your affected interdependency needs

As your self-needs fully resolve, you can freely focus on your rising social-needs. With a greater sense of who you individually are, you can invest more of your full authentic self in your relationships. You can freely be yourself with your loved ones.

 

Your affected dependency needs

Your social-needs prioritize your focus. Promptly resolving them frees up your attention to focus elsewhere. You and your loved one can be fully vulnerable to each other, and loved. Together, you can reach more of your peak potential.

 

Your affected counterdependency needs

As your social-needs fully resolve, you can freely focus on your rising self-needs. You can draw from the gains in your relationship to refuel your personal energy. You can spend time alone without threatening the relationship bond.

 

Your affected independency needs

Your self-needs prioritize your focus. Promptly resolving them frees up your attention to concentrate on other things. You and your loved one can afford to give each other personal space, as needed. In these moments apart, you re-energize your love.

 

As your needs fully resolve, you free up your cognitive bandwidth. You can freely do more. You are not distracted by pain. There is no such thing as pain apart from unresolved needs. You are freer to live your full life’s potential.

There is no such thing as pain apart from unresolved needs.

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There’s no greater authority

than resolving needs with love.

 
SYMFUNCTIONAL CYCLE

 

You bend to social pressures to ease your needs the best you reasonably can. The four psychosocial guardians remind you how much further for you must go to fully resolve your needs.

psychosocial needs cycle (symfunctional)
Your affected interdependency needs

Your self-needs partially resolve. Which limits your focus on your rising social-needs. You return to your relationships with an imperfect awareness of what you can give to others. You function at a level you find social pressures consider pragmatic.

 

Your affected dependency needs

Your social-needs take center stage. You ease them only at the level permitted by others in your social world. As your unresolved social-needs pile up, you find you cannot adequately handle more. Your functioning capacity with others diminishes some.

 

Your affected counterdependency needs

Your social-needs partially resolve. Which limits your focus on your rising self-needs. You expect some returns from your relationships. You find solace in Western norms of rugged individualism. You blame others for stifling your individual capacity.

 

Your affected independency needs

Your self-needs take center stage. You experience them largely as a reaction to your unmet social-needs. As neither fully resolve, you find you cannot tolerate too much more. Your find yourself getting more easily irritated.

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Problems persist without solution where needs resist full resolution.

 
DYSFUNCTIONAL CYCLE

 

You are compelled to prioritize relief from the mounting pain of your many unmet needs. The four psychosocial guardians keep you afloat. But they hurt too.

psychosocial needs cycle (dysfunctional)
Your affected interdependency needs

To relieve your pain of unmet self-needs, you tend to offend others. Guilt erupts after indulging your self-needs at other’s expense. Guilt awakens your social-need for others. It compels you to prioritize your neglected social-needs.

 

Your affected dependency needs

You tend to be in too much pain to resolve your social-needs. Anxiety alerts you to all you must now handle. You struggle enough just holding back the pain of your growing list of unmet needs.

 

Your affected counterdependency needs

To relieve your pain of unmet social-needs, you are prone to overextend yourself for others. Depression sets in. It robs you of energy given to others when you need to focus inward. It compels you to prioritize your neglected self-needs.

 

Your affected independency needs

You tend to be in too much pain to resolve your self-needs. Anger warns you of all you cannot accept. You release your pent-up frustrations with little regard for others. Which adds more pain you cannot accept.

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When you don’t own your needs, your needs impulsively own you.

 
MISFUNCTIONAL CYCLE

 

You struggle to simply survive.  The four psychosocial guardians take over. You are running out of time to resolve your essential needs.

psychosocial needs cycle (misfunctional)
Your affected interdependency needs

You slip into intense shame. It’s a natural reaction to shamefully doing something against another. You felt you had to do it. You feel trapped in desperate cravings and consuming agony. Urgency for survival distorts your thinking. You need others to survive, so you plead others for help.

 

Your affected dependency needs

You strive your best to get along with others, but you feel it’s next to impossible. You can only handle so much. The fear they could abandon you is painfully real to you. Anxiety turns to a grinding fear, then to traumatizing terror. You may appear calm on the outside, but inside your unmet social-needs set you up for more painful trouble.

 

Your affected counterdependency needs

You can no longer keep up appearances. You feel pulled away from relationships not helping you to survive. Your façade cracks. You slip into severe depression. It’s a natural reaction to pretending all is normal, while your insides churn in growing resentment. You must break loose, somehow.

 

Your affected independency needs

You lash out at in outbursts of rage. You cannot accept all this pain, or all this threat to your self-continuance. You tried taking personal responsibility, but without other’s responsibility toward you, you angrily reject any more personal change. You hurt others you feel have hurt you.

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Without your self-continuance, little else can matter to you.

 
MISFUNCTION CYCLE = OFFENSE CYCLE

 

Make no mistake. The misfunction cycle looks a lot like the cyclic pattern seen in the “offense cycle” or “cycle of offending” or “cycle of abuse.” It’s basically the same cycle.

 

Popular thinking assumes the offense cycle applies primarily or exclusively to individuals with poor thinking skills. Or to those lacking in intelligence.

 

Defunction sets in primarily from unresolved needs. You can be the smartest person in the room, and suffer defunction. Especially if repeatedly victimized by others lacking intellect and morals.

 

Your gauche individual reaction draws widespread scorn. Few if anyone can see the subtle pattern of systemic violence causing your defunctioning pain.

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ACT OUT phase: misfunctional independency needs

This cycle becomes most visible when acting out violently against another. If suffering defunction, you can hardly respect the needs of others while your own essential needs persist painfully unresolved. You cannot accept all that pain and limits on your functioning. You lash out violently in anger.

 

LET DOWN phase: misfunctional interdependency needs

You react to their reaction to your violence. You justify it. You minimize it, arguing it was not that bad. You may eventually apologize and promise never to be so violent again, but with little self-awareness.

 

PRETEND NORMAL phase: misfunctional dependency needs

While suffering intense defunction, you strive your best not to harm others. You pour affection on the one you recently hurt. You fake it, because you cannot genuinely give what you genuinely lack. You depend on the victim to go along with your self-delusional charade.

 

BUILD UP phase: misfunctional counterdependency needs

Eventually, your unresolved needs build up more tension. You’re not as violent as before, yet. You vent a little here and a little there. The offense cycle is about to repeat, sometimes with more destructive outcomes.

Reality is what happens while 

your beliefs look the other way.

 
CYCLE OF STATE ABUSE

 

Our individualistic culture makes it easier to spot defunction in the “criminal mindset” individual than in predatory law enforcement culture. You are meant to apply it to incidents of interpersonal violence. Look again. Now apply it to the pattern of abuses by police and prosecutorial authorities.

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The standard applied sets the standard replied.

1. Tensions building. “Tensions increase, breakdown of communication, victim becomes fearful and feels the need to placate the abuser.” Unhealthy counterdependency phase.

Police target politically vulnerable subjects. People of color stopped by police are often presumed to be criminal. It only takes one ambitious cop to traumatize a community of color, to spoil the whole barrel.

 

People of color have good reason to walk on eggshells when followed by police. “Am I breaking some minor rule this officer can blow up as an excuse to arrest me?”

2. Incident. “Verbal, emotional & physical abuse. Anger, blaming, arguing. Threats. Intimidation.” Unhealthy independency phase.

The officer stops the citizen. Not to help the citizen, but to presume criminality to fill quota for the officer’s performance stats. To enforce a social order with little if any regard for the citizen’s need to function.

 

“If I assert my rights, will that officer claim I’m resisting arrest?” Even if staying compliant, the officer’s need for stats biases the interaction to find “probable cause,” and arrests you anyways.

 

The prosecutor, with little if any accountability, uses the full weight of state privileged violence to support law enforcement decisions. You sit in jail for a long. You get sent to prison for a very long time, despite your lack of wrongdoing.

 

3. Reconciliation. “Abuser apologizes, gives excuses, blames the victim, denies the abuse occurred, or says that it wasn’t as bad as the victim claims.” Unhealthy interdependency phase.

The appeal process may acknowledge some error but deems it harmless. Then the courts insist on conviction finality. The court claims some criminality must have occurred, and gives other self-serving reasons to deny its complicity in unjust outcomes.

 

4. Calm. “Incident is 'forgotten', no abuse is taking place. The ‘honeymoon’ phase.” Unhealthy dependency phase.

The wrongly convicted innocent must trust the courts to correct its error. The adversarial process coerces the innocent to trust that its conflict of interest will not stand in the way of just outcomes.

 

Once incarcerated, you are no longer repeatedly pulled over by police. Prison guards now do that.

Indigenous wisdom recognizes what applies to individuals aptly applies to organizations. The criminal justice system finds it cannot give what it does not have. When it fails to recognize the standard applied sets the standard replied, it presents itself as “justice” in name only.

Wellness is psychosocial. The less the needs resolve within a person of authority, the less legitimately then can exercise that authority, short of accountability, humility, and possibility of removal from authority if undermining the needs of vulnerable others for their own benefit.

Historically, the Western explanation for defunction transitioned from evil within the individual to disease within the individual. Nature-based anankelogy restores non-Western appreciation for the many complementary external contributors—and detractors—to wellness.

You don’t exist for police authority.  Legitimate authority exists for you.

 

Functionality change

The less your needs resolve, the less you can function. The less you can function, the less capable you can respect the needs of others. The less you can respect the needs of others with whom you interact, the less others can function with you. The less they can function, the less they can support you to resolve your needs. This is a defunction cycle, in a nutshell.

The more your needs resolve, the more you can function. The more you can function, the more capable you can respect the needs of others. The more you can respect the needs of others with whom you interact, the more others can function with you. The more they can function, the more they can support you to resolve your needs. This is a refunction cycle, in a nutshell.

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Wherever resources to resolve core needs remain reliably accessible, both by yourself and through trustworthy others, you have a better chance of maintaining function. Or improve functioning. Any hindrance to access resources essential to resolve needs easily results in poor functioning.

 

Wherever drinkable water to quench your thirst remains reliably accessible to you, and through others who make that water available, you can maintain bodily and emotional function. Or improve functioning. If you are hindered in accessing water when you need it most, your level of functioning naturally declines.

Sick of "sick"

Western individualism biases our perceptions. When someone routinely cannot get all the food they need, for example, we admit this is a problem.

 

We tend to first fault the individual for the problem. “In a land of plenty, why don’t they buy enough food? If lack of money, what is their failure for being poor?”

 

If they react violently to their painful lack of resources, such as property theft, we assume they suffer from a criminal mindset or some mental disorder. Why don’t we consider the external context equally with the person’s internal condition? Does calling attention to outward conditions exclude equal recognition of internal conditions?

 

Indeed, to call it mental health reduces wellness to inward biological factors. Is it “healthy” to neglect wellness’s social, environmental, cultural and other external contributors to wellbeing? Is our common lack of wellness found in our narrow concept of wellness?

Anankelogical alterative

 

Nature-based anankelogy sees this rush to blame the individual as a problem itself. It names it “psychosocial reduction.” You are reduced either to internal psychological factors or to external socioenvironmental factors. You are not appreciated as impacted by both. Taken to its extreme, you are either Superman or helpless ragdoll.

 

This points to another anankelogically identified problem: “psychosocial vacillation.” Of bouncing between extremes of psychologically emphasized self-needs and sociologically or culturally emphasized social-needs. Divisive politics runs thick with this psychosocial vacillation.

 

Anankelogy calls these “defunctionalities.’ A defunctionality is any barrier to resolving needs that could result in improved or full functioning. Its opposite is a refunctionality—anything or anyone resolving needs, that results in restored functioning.

Drifting from wellness

 

Traditional healthcare not only narrowly locates problems as more individual than contextual, it reinforces binary thinking by defining what is sick and not sick. A diagnosis typically does not express where you fit along a range of wellness to unwellness.

 

Anankelogy not only appreciates problems as typically psychosocial, it recognizes a spectrum from wellness to unwellness. Between being totally well and then dysfunctional, you transition through a process of symfunctionality, of imperfect wellness. Indeed, everyone does.

 

Symfunctionality tends to be the norm for large societies. Most of us do not suddenly slip into dysfunction. We first drift into symfunctionality, as we tolerate our needs not being fully met.

 

We look out for each other. We settle for less. We grow accustomed to the mounting need strain. Some of us can be more vulnerable, then less functional.

 

Drift turns to distortion, when struggling to cope with the mounting pain of unmet needs. We slip into unhealthy habits to cope with the pain. Dysfunction may come and go. Then one day it congeals into our daily habit of lowered functioning under constant pain.

Western distortion

 

Consider how needs evolved throughout human existence. We are descendants of those whose needs resolved enough to pass along their heritage. When living off the land, they had to resolve an not merely placate their needs. They could not afford to be symfunctional.

 

Everyone had to be ready to perform their peak potential in an instance. To hunt or gather food. To ward of enemy peoples invading their hunting grounds. To quickly rebuild their shelters after a devastating storm.

 

As society grew larger and more impersonal, resources tend to be distributed impersonally. Distant leaders reacted to needs they could not personally know. Norms of symfunctionality set in. You no longer must be in perfect shape to hunt for food, now that you can buy it at the local market.

 

Symfunctionality comes with a price. Your emotions continually keep you alert to your unmet needs. Your body reminds you it is out of shape. Your stomach warns you that your comfort food becomes uncomfortable when lacking nutrients your body craves.

 

Anankelogy recognizes bias as prioritizing need. And distortion as prioritizing relief from unmet needs. The fewer of your needs fully resolve, the more your unresolved needs compel you to ease them. You are not innately broken; you live in a broken society of imperfect symfunctionality.

Unmet needs have a way of emotionally compelling you to do something irrational for their relief. Instead of being suspicious of symfunctional norms, you are taught to be suspicious of your emotions. To reason your way through life.

Like most of us, you assume all choices involve rational decisions. Routine decisions require little to no reasoning at all. The bulk of your decisions are actually routine. Only a handful requires your rational faculties. But these tend to be more visible.

You don’t have to reason your way to open a bottle of water, if done the same way you’ve opened it hundreds of times before. You don’t use rational skills to wash your hands or brush your teeth, if done the same way each time. Nor do you reflect carefully how to drive to work, as you get there every day on mental autopilot.

 

Reason plays more of a role in novel situations. If your drive to work includes some construction detours, now you reason your way. You think how to best get to work on time. Any other day, you can get to work without ever noticing a change in the scenery.

 

Larger societies tend to be packed with more novel situations than smaller indigenous societies. There is a cultural pull to consider almost any situation as different. Norms expect you to use your reasoning skills at all times, to act smart. But that’s just plain dumb.

Normalized need strain

 

You remain understandably guarded around those who do not truly know you. Indeed, if you do not know yourself well, you remain understandably guarded from everyone—including from yourself.

 

If only you had someone in your life who knew everything about you, and poured all kinds of love and support your way. Maybe you do. Most of us do not. Fewer of us can name a friend who we can call upon during an emotional crisis.

 

As I write this and look online for the survey reporting this finding, I get search results mostly about mental illness. Psychosocial reduction permeates our culture.

 

Healthcare professionals typically do not think this narrowly. They widely recognize external factors to wellness. The layperson, however, tends to exaggerate Western individualism. Which is itself a lack of wellness.

 

Dominate culture keeps your vulnerabilities invisible. Not only to others, but even to yourself. Yet, we expect you to function anyways.

 

Anankelogy offers a wider lens to identify the consequential problems. Instead of stigmatizing disorders exclusive to individuals, anankelogy offers you a list of illuminating defunctionalities

 

Wellness is psychosocial. Take an honest look how social institutions you trust to serve your needs can hold you back. And leave you in persisting pain of ongoing need strain.

Institutional function array

 

Institutions typically undergo mission creep. After a while, they drift away from their founding purpose. Greater emphasis emerges to provide stable revenue for those dependent on it for their livelihood.

 

A nonprofit’s mission serving thousands or hundreds of thousands cannot possibly know the specific needs of each person it serves or impacts. Mass institutions like the judiciary and politics must rely even more on generalizing for its purpose.

 

The more it generalizes, the easier it can go astray. A definite pattern emerges. The idealism at its beginning crashes into harsh realities. Cynicism sinks in. The pattern mirrors the functionality array described above.

 

critical   ->     binarism   ->     relief-gen   ->     desperate      

 

A critical version of the institution keeps accountable to peakfunctional performance. It remains disciplined. All needs it impacts either fully resolves, or it humbly pursues that high standard.

 

A binarism version keeps the institution applicable to the masses. Provisional generalizations easily solidify into symfunctional norms. Its needs it exists to serve tend to only partially resolve.

 

A relief-gen version emerges when the pain from these needs can only be relieved. The underlying needs persist, under a managed level of painfulness. Dysfunction sets in.

 

A desperate version pops up when these painful needs become too painful and too urgent to pacify. Survival erupts at the institution’s main concern. Or the misfunctional obsession of those whose needs the institution fails to serve.

 

Now apply this to the needs served by mass institutions, like the judiciary and politics. Consider how each institution version impacts your specific emotions, especially your psychosocial guardians.

 

As these institutions pull you and I into symfunction, then onto dysfunction or worse, rising rates of mental health issues naturally follow. Your limited choice to trust these institutions can only be as good as its faithfulness to your exposed needs. Individualism cannot compensate for poor institutional options to serve these vulnerable needs.

 
Your justice needs

critical justice ->   judicial binarism ->   relief-gen judiciary ->   desperate justice

By law and custom, you entrust your vulnerable justice needs to the adversarial judiciary system. It relies on binary opposites to do its job: accuser-accused; prosecution-defense; violated-violator; guilt-innocence.

 

As this mass approach increasingly fails to serve your justice or security needs, you feel increasingly disappointed, unsafe, insecure, angry. You generalize that everyone is treated equal under the law, or should be treated equally. You settle for relief in the face of actual judicial outcomes. You concede this is the best we can do.

 

Or you take to the streets. You take matters in your own hand. You seek revenge and consider it the best justice you could find.

 

Your public needs

critical politics ->  political binarism ->  relief-gen politics ->  desperate politics

By law and custom, you entrust your vulnerable public needs to the political establishment. It relies on binary opposites to compete for whose publicly affected priorities get served by public policies: liberal-conservative; voter-politician; viewer-pundit.

 

As this mass approach increasingly fails to serve your publicly affected needs, you feel increasingly frustrated. You fight for relief. You take it out against each other. You let political elites pit you against one another.

 

Or you take to the streets. You denounce the other political side as thugs, or worse. You prepare yourself for war.

 

Your economic needs

critical economy ->  economic binarism ->        relief-gen economics ->   desperate economics

By law and custom, you entrust your vulnerable economic needs to the economic establishment. It relies on binary opposites to plug you into the larger economy: employer-employee; producer-consumer; socialism-capitalism.

 

As this mass approach increasingly fails to serve your economic needs, you feel increasingly discouraged. You generalize that capitalism—or socialism—will provide for everyone’s economic needs. Meanwhile, the harder your work for relief, the more in debt you get.

 

Economics is more than just money as “exchangeable units of recorded or speculated productivity” that enables you to exchange resources you create for resources created by others. But current forms of economic exchange coerce you to rely on money. You concede you can barter for only so much. You and I acquiesce to the reality of never being compensated for how much we contribute to society. So we borrow what we need. Like money itself, in debt we trust.

 

Or you take what you require. If not outright theft, you acquire property through questionable yet technically legal means. You look after your own, then justify it later.

 

Your health needs

critical wellness ->   medical binarism ->  relief-gen healthcare ->  desperate biology

By law and custom, you entrust your vulnerable health needs to the medical establishment. It relies on binary opposites to attend to your health: ill-well; mind-body; physical-emotional; diagnosed-undiagnosed; doctor-patient; insured-uninsured.

 

As this mass approach increasingly fails to serve your health needs, you feel increasingly sick. You feel depressed, then guilty and afraid for feeling depressed. You accept medication to manage your depression. You concede you have not way to address your depression’s outward source. You seek relief more than wellness.

 

Or you indulge in drugs to cope with the mounting agony. You struggle with addiction. You despair of life itself. You slip into becoming a painful symptom of a sick system.

 

Your educational needs

critical learning ->  educational binarism ->  relief-gen education ->  desperate learning

By law and custom, you entrust your vulnerable credentialed learning needs to the educational establishment. It relies on binary opposites to offer its services: student-teacher; loan-grant; public-private; pass-fail.

 

As this mass approach increasingly fails to serve your educational needs, you feel increasingly left behind. You risk feeling too stupid, too poor, or too disadvantaged for higher education. You generalize that a college degree is essential for your future, and hope you will someday earn one. Or someday pay for the one you never completed. You allow yourself to slide deep into student debt. You find that degree useless for your first full time job. You risk slipping into despair.

 

Or you lie on a résumé that you earned a degree. You fake your credentials. You take shortcuts and hope no one notices. You fool yourself into thinking you can fool others. You know enough to realize your life and career at any moment could crash and burn. The price of mere survival can cost you your own survival.

 

Against the grain

Fully resolving these needs tends to cut against the grain of the law. Laws and custom favor the pragmatic, the enforceable, the generalizations of binarism in these institutions. Enforcement of these cisconventional norms span coercive pressures to conform to false accusations and wrongful convictions sanctioned by judicial binarism.

 

For the transconventional like me, spiritually compelled to transcend such binarism to fully resolve such needs, the consequences can turn tragic. I’m grateful to still be alive. Moreover, I am thankful to rise above the fray, to connect deeper with all life. To then bring this insight to you, to inspire your life.

 

More functionality terms

 

Defunction (n):  A lower level of function, of ability to resolve needs.

Defunctional (adj):  A lower level of functionality due to unresolved needs.

Defunctionality (n):  A lowered level of ability to function due to unresolved needs.

Defunctionalize (v): To lower one’s ability to function by impeding resolution of their needs.

Evoked need (n):  A previously dormant need (nonfocal or prefocal) that gets awakened (becoming prefocal or focal), typically after other needs sufficiently resolve and comes to one’s attention when provoked by some external stimulus.

Functionalize (v):  To maintain one’s ability to function by resolving one’s current focal needs.

Need queue (n):  A line of dormant needs (nonfocal or prefocal) placed on the mind’s “backburner” while giving attention (focal) to other pressing needs.

Need strain (n):  An increasing load of unresolved needs, associated with an increased level of emotional strain (e.g., anxiety, depression, anger).

Psychosociopathology (n):  Anything impeding the resolution of a need outside of one’s personal control.

Refunction (n):  A higher level of function, of ability to resolve needs.

Refunctional (adj):  A higher level of functionality due to resolved needs.

Refunctionality (n):  A higher level of ability to function due to more resolved needs.

Refunctionalize (v):  To increase one’s ability to function by resolving more of their needs.

Relational knowing (n):  Framing how you know something as a testable hypothesis, associating change in one thing with apparently connected change in another, that can be independently verified or invalidated; and relevant to experiencing needs.

 

Anankelogy includes an extensive vocabulary of new terms. These will be sufficient for covering this area of defunctionalities.

 

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