How can you understand yourself? Where do your views, attitudes and values come from and why do they change? This accessible and illuminating book provides a reliable guide to these questions. The book: · Demonstrates that personal identity is formed around basic needs for security and self-esteem and the personal desires that flow from them · Shows the role of the emotions in personal life · Explores the limits of approaches that deny the existence of 'individuals' and 'personal experience' · Demonstrates how we build on everyday problems and dilemmas of life to shape our moods, attitudes and feelings. Shrewd and compelling, the book will be of interest to anyone studying Social Psychology and Sociology.

Emotional Needs and Desires

Emotional needs and desires

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  • The nature of needs and desires: is there a hierarchy?
  • Core needs: basic security and self-esteem.
  • Satellite or orbital needs.
  • What is mental health and what ensures it?

Everyone has needs, wishes, dreams, desires which are closely tied up with feelings and emotions. Together, these are often referred to – much less enticingly – as motivations, need-dispositions, drives and so on. I'll refer to them in the more appealing terms of the opening sentence. Irrespective of what we call them, they all point to the fact that we are naturally active beings who seek to satisfy our clamourous needs in order to have a relatively comfortable existence and a fulfilled life. At least this is what we strive towards, although it ...

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