There is an artful simplicity to each need you feel. Unpleasant feelings point to a need to expel something outward and get some distance from it. Pleasant feelings point to the need to bring something inward and close any distance with it. This can greatly demystify what we consumes our ongoing attention: every need at hand in any given moment.
Each need appears to target some preferred level. Attention is pulled toward this need until that level is adequately restored. The need for water serves as an illustrative example. Emotional needs are similar to our physiological needs, following this homeostatic fluctuating cyclic process.
Homeostasis is the cyclic process of restoring internal equilibrium levels so they remain relatively constant. It is a process of fluctuating around relatively stable norms.
These fluctuations result from life’s interaction with other elements— both internal and external. What we call “need” is shorthand for this natural process.
When I say I need something I am actually declaring a felt pull toward this normal functioning level. Outside of this homeostatic process there is no need.
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There is no need except for homeostasis.
Perceptions of what we regard as good or bad typically begin with a feeling. It's quite natural to feel good when needs are relieved, and bad when they are not. Nature is a central theme in this understanding of need experience, of indigentology.
To utilize this "homeostatic paradigm" of indigentology, it may help to review this indigenous view of cyclic nature. The sacred circle of Native American wisdom is integrated here with the indigenous wisdom of the yin-yang symbol.
H0100s Homeostasis=need experience.
Need is the internal experience of rising and falling levels of life functions. Water serves as a useful illustration. The rise and fall of the body's fluid levels serves the body's need to be at a normal range of functioning. This same principle applies to our nonphysical needs as well.
H0200s Need relief=homeostasis equilibrium.
Returning to normal equilibrium levels is what we experience as need relief. Until that level is restored we experience this as something unpleasant. Sometimes full restoration is not possible, then we often cope by seeking relief from our feelings of displeasure.
H0300s Relief options=gendered equilibrium.
Options for relieving need tend to follow routines organized around gender traits. Here is where the yin-yang symbol helps bring these polarities to light.
H0400s Growth needs=patterned equilibrium.
Relief of needs can lead into developmental needs toward one’s full potential. The more secure then the more a stable foundation for serving emotional needs like self-esteem and belongingness.
H0500s Resource needs=psychosocial equilibrium.
Relieving needs involves a balance between internally and externally available means. The less available a resource the more likely we generalize how to access it. The more readily available a resource the more we learn how to access it in reliably specific ways.
H0600s Optimizing=psychosocial development.
Relieving some needs more than others impacts one’s psychosocial development. The more strained needs will typically fuel our emotions. The way we generalize how to access the seemingly inaccessible is what shapes what we call politics. It's about relieving needs with publically available resources. We are pulled not only toward the equilibrium of our internal functioning levels but also toward an equilibrium between our internal and external resources.
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Gender serves as an organizing principle to this process. Much of what is outward directed tends to follow masculine ascribed traits: protector, rational, decisive. Much of what is inward directed tends to follow feminine ascribed traits: nurturer, intuitive, negotiable. When these traits remain polarized we tend to miss our full growth potential. The more these traits complement each other the more of our growth potential can be realized.
Our growth potential is tied to how well we can access resources. Internal resources, like being able to freely decide our own outcomes, can be limited. External resources, such as a stable food supply from the market, may require compromises to our full potential. An imbalance between internal and external resources impacts our growth potential. And sometimes we adjust to not having all of our needs properly met, and learn to cope the best we can.