Human Needs

As animals, humans are motivated by such physiological needs as hunger, sex, and safety; but they can never resolve their human dilemma by satisfying these animal needs. Only the disthictive human needs can move people toward a reunion with the natural world. These existential needs have emerged during the evolution of human culture, growing out of then attempts to find an answer to their existence and to avoid becoming insane. Indeed Fromm (1955) contended that one important difference between mentally healthy individuals and neurotic or insane ones is that healthy people find answers to their existence—answers that more completely correspond to their total human needs, hi other words, healthy individuals are better able to find ways of reuniting to the world by productively solving the human needs of related-ness, transcendence, rootedness, a sense of identity, and a frame of orientation.

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