Need Response



Need-response is an envisioned new professional field applying the social science of anankelogy.
It aims to complement or compete with law enforcement for positive results in our lives.

Need-response is applied anankelogy. Need-response applies anankelogy to your needs.

Need-response is anankelogy’s answer to divisive institutions, like the adversarial judiciary, law enforcement, and polarizing politics. Those institutions create needless power relations that hinder the resolution of your needs, leaves you in pain, and hinders what you can fully do.


Need-response builds upon these basic anankelogic assumptions.

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We cannot solve our specific problems with the same level of generalizing we used to create them.



Functionality array priorities

Peakfunctionality – prioritizing need resolving

Symfunctionality – prioritizing need relieving

Dysfunctionality – prioritizing pain relieving

Misfunctionality – prioritizing survival

Functionality array priorities - PO

Peakfunctional psychosocial orientation: prioritizing resolution of self-needs and social-needs equally; to sustain psychosocial equilibrium and wu wei flow.

Symfunctional psychosocial orientation: prioritizing relief of social-needs while guarding affected self-needs if wide-oriented; prioritizing relief of self-needs while guarding affected social-needs if deep-oriented; to improve psychosocial balance.

Dysfunctional psychosocial orientation: prioritizing relief of painful social-needs while guarding painfully affected self-needs if wide-oriented; prioritizing relief of painful self-needs while guarding painfully affected social-needs if deep-oriented; to avoid furthering the pain of psychosocial imbalance.

Misfunctional psychosocial orientation: prioritizing survival by vacillating to extreme indulgence of social-need (“pretend normal”) and then indulgence of extreme opposite self-need (“act out”); prioritizing relief of painful self-needs while guarding painfully affected social-needs if deep-oriented; continually struggling with psychosocial imbalance.

Full functionality array


apex peakfunctionality: promptly resolving needs to optimize own life in ways optimizing the resolving of other’s needs for them to live optimally; love.

mid peakfunctionality: promptly resolving needs to optimize own life in ways potentially positively impactful upon the needs of others.

least peakfunctionality: promptly resolving needs to optimize own life in ways not negatively impactful upon the needs of others.


threshold symfunctionality: arbitrary actions done humanly together that contribute to easing human needs without hindering other human needs; e.g., driving on the right side of the road in the U.S.

mid symfunctionality: arbitrary actions done humanly together that contribute to easing human needs with some hindrance to other human needs; e.g., ordering a subordinate to serve a customer.

worst symfunctionality: arbitrary actions done humanly together that contribute to easing human needs mostly by stalling resolution of such needs; e.g., systemic exaction. Gateway to dysfunctionality.


threshold dysfunctionality: unresolved needs start prioritizing relief that risks impeding resolution of such needs, or limiting resolution of other needs.

mid dysfunctionality: unresolved needs prioritizes pain relief indefinitely over resolving one’s own needs, while maintaining no significant negative impact on the needs of others.

worst dysfunctionality: unresolved needs prioritizes pain relief over resolving anyone’s needs, resulting in significant negative impacts on the needs of others.


threshold misfunctionality: unresolved needs results in temporary damage of oneself, with likely negative impacts on others.

mid misfunctionality: unresolved needs results in permanent damage.

worst misfunctionality: unresolved needs results in death.

Speaking your Truth of Impacted Needs to Power

ASSESS their awareness of your identify needs

First, just quietly tell ‘em what you need.

Assessments let you replace dysfunctional "unchecked believing" with "relational knowing."

Unchecked believing accepts the given conventional understanding about something, without checking if accurate or not, or if what was true yesterday remains true for today.

Relational knowing replaces unchecked believing by continually engaging sources of information to gather as accurate a picture as possible, to make well informed decisions, and to see if what was known yesterday remains the case even for today.


You assess if they conventionally overlook your needs.


As we build this out, you will find more assessment examples here.

Extortion vs. “contra-extortion”

When speaking your truth to power with avowed consequence you may well wonder, “Isn’t that extortion?” Consider your alternative.


Do you continue to allow more powerful others, in the name of legal compliance when they can afford better legal representation than you, to pull you further into debilitating anxiety and depression? Or isn’t that a form of privileged extortion? Besides, this doesn't fit the legal definition of extortion.


Most states define extortion as the gaining of property or money by almost any kind of force, or threat of

1) violence,

2) property damage,

3) harm to reputation, or

4) unfavorable government action.

Does that really apply here?


In contrast to the explicit crime of extortion, consider how in your situation

  1. there is already a working relationship between the parties,

  2. the working relationship involves a power imbalance,

  3. there is already a level of coercion in the other direction, and

  4. your “demand” is for a preferred conciliatory approach to responsibly resolve all affected needs.

Actual extortion includes none of these.


Legitimacy at stake

Conflating this proactive approach with an adversarial accusation of extortion (or extraction) invites and potentially triggers a rapid shift along these option arrays. It invites impeachment of legitimacy, of the very privilege accorded to the more powerful to have any role in your needs.


While no one sits above the law, no law sits above the needs it exists to serve. By following this proactive prosocial path, you serve their need to improve their legitimacy. Whether that’s the need of government to demonstrate good stewardship with democratic principles, or the need of private enterprise struggling to earn the trust of its constituents. Helping us resolve our needs earns that respect.



This process instills responsibility on all sides. Coercion in any direction undermines the responsible resolution of affected needs. If needed, we are open to discuss how this remains distinct from extortion.


We are not open to this status quo of power differentials and calling it conciliatory. It’s adversarial, and unacceptable to the natural path of resolving needs.


To overlook this openness for mutual understanding, with a rush to apply privileged accusation, provides us more evidence of privileged extortion—or what we call “contra-extraction.”


Contra-extortion is where the avoidance of being accused of extortion allows the more influential in a power imbalance to subtly “extract” or “extort” compliance to their coercive advantage. To be sure, this is a type of psychosociopathology, where needs are not being responsibly resolved.



Accountability sets in when removal of contra-extraction correlates significantly with a measurable decrease in anxiety and depression. To reassert norms of coercive influence then appears to argue for more debilitating anxiety and depression. Which warrants a challenge to the legitimacy of such authority.


These options raise the bar on accountability for all sides, to remain responsive to how we affect one another’s needs. Relieving pain at another’s expense—no matter what the authority—lacks the legitimacy compared to removing pain by respectfully responding to all affected needs. Period.


In the honorable tradition of Thoreau and Gandhi and King and the many like them unheard, we prioritize personal resolving of needs over the privileged extortion of exploitive impersonal law. We avow to resolve needs, by any means of nature necessary. Nature permits us to do no less.


Conciliatory ethics

To be fully ethical, in line with how we naturally function, we must allow room for each side to respond appropriately to each side’s identified, expressed and addressed needs. Three levels of ethics seek to do just that.


gap ethics – assessing the apparent gaps in whatever ethics are being applied

grassroots ethics – auditing the actual impacts from whatever ethics applied

guerilla ethics – avowing to address needs despite whatever ethics applied

Judicial independence

Anakelogical jurisprudence

While no one sits above the law, no law sits above the needs it exists to serve. And no one has authority over need. No one can order you on the spot to experience your need in any other way than how you experience it right now.

Need response serves as an impartial observer, staying within the social science discipline of description—distinct from the normalizing emphasis in the judiciary, or in politics. 

Need response provides empirical data to point us all to the ultimate authority of resolved needs, essential for personal and societal functioning. 

While no one sits above the law, no law sits above the needs it exists to serve.


Confronting damaging power relations

avoidance options then adversarial options

sanitized pathology of flight-fight-or-freeze

poor mental health outcomes linked mostly or exclusively to coercive power relations

address any informal power relations after impeaching formal power relations, to remove cause for any risk or ongoing occurrences of displacement

mutually resolve needs,

removing pain, and

advocacy campaign.



Mass institution

Emerges to impersonally serve a large-scale need

Authority set by impersonal law

Creates avoidance-adversarial options imposed on subjects

Rely on arguments

Self-serving rationalizations

Win-lose approach

Selfish focus on own needs

Empowered love

Large-scale needs addressed with mutual connection

Authority in resolved needs

Grows from conciliatory process to resolve each other’s needs

Empirically based in need outcomes

Measurable need outcomes

Win-win approach

Love encouraged


Binary oppositional

Overemphasize differences

Prematurely oppositional

Dismissive of complaints

Generalized opposites

Uninformed decisions on needs, based on generalized beliefs​​


Risks producing more of what it ostensibly opposes

Complementary sides

Recognize all impacted needs

Start on common ground

Address all relevant needs

Specifics integrated

Informed decisions on needs, grounded in subjects’ data

Balancing needs

Extract each other’s selfish wants to resolve needs


Relieve pain

Dulls pain that persists

Maladies reinforced

Anxiety, depression, addictions reinforced

Hinder functioning

Leaders function for subjects

Power relations dominate

Subject needs minimized

Resolve needs

Removes cause for pain

Maladies cleared up

Anxiety, depression, addictions cleared up

Raise functioning

Improve overall functioning

Power relations checked

Leaders’ needs impeached


State imposes order

Top-down answers

Legitimacy questioned

Symfunctionality or worse 

Personal & societal decline

Psychosocial damage

Natural growth flourishes

Bottom-up wisdom

Subject needs prioritized

Large scale needs served whether needs of institution are served adequately or not

Competitive legitimacy
Personal & societal ascent

Psychosocial wellness




Most anxiety and depression results from your situation. Let's not be fooled by psychosocial reduction. It's time to address your situation. Let's consider your options.

psychosocial reduction?


"Need Response" uses anakelogy to hold other institutions accountable to positive outcomes. 

Assertive nonviolence

If you ever find yourself this deep into the process with irresponsible Impactors, your choice of support team members become vital. Your internally built resiliency may not provide you enough fortitude. Feedback from your team 

Passive nonviolence is simply violence by another name. Instead of directed outward, it's directed inward against yourself. The more violence you endure beyond your overtaxed resilience, the less capable you likely are to respond properly to the needs of others. Long before lashing out in word or deed, less visible reactions emerge. Others can no longer rely on you, as your guard get repeatedly raised. 

Majority vote by your support team

Consensus of your support team

 - passive consensus: state your intended action to your support team and as long as none of your supporters object, you can assume consensus by default to move forward with your stated intent.

 - active consensus: invite your team's feedback to your decision and only if a majority actively voice support with no one objecting, do you move forward.

 - proactive consensus: require each support team member to state their position on your decision and what they are likely to do with each possible consequence to your decision, and only if all support your decision in the face of the most threatening consequences do you move forward.

If your safety or the safety of others are on the line, we recommend active consensus. 

Decisive self-defense

Personally, if I must risk dying for the deeper meaning of responsibly resolving each other's needs, then I embrace those risks. If necessary, I look forward to dying a glorious death. And leaving a proud legacy for my progeny. If called to lay down my life for a cause much greater than myself, consider it already done.

Pain can be no deterrent after enduring the decades of this wrongful conviction, sexual harassment, of marginalization,  

Remember, pain is not my enemy. Unresolved needs reported by pain are my foes. As Dr. King and others have pointed out, redemptive suffering is laudable. 

Proactive offense

Even Dr. King recognized the role of the state's exclusive authority, to proactively use its privileged use of violence to compel compliance to the Civil Rights act of 1964. 

Seek not to contend

Respect for needs dissolve

almost any mounting tension.


Though differing how to solve,

you prioritize no dissension. 


Peace comes as you boldly involve

their need resolving intention

Because where all needs resolve

there can be no contention.

Transcendent Morality

There is no good nor bad except for needs. Morality is code for needs.


There is no greater authority than resolved needs. A law enabling to resolve some need is more legit than a law merely providing relief from unmet needs in ways that perpetuate such painful needs.


- Buckminster Fuller