List of Needs

List of Needs

Part of being human means having physical and emotional needs. Of course we have the needs for sustenance, shelter, and safety. But there are other needs that are essential to our well-being and mental health. We want to loved and to give live. We want to feel we belong and have a sense of purpose. We want to feel self-esteem and respect from others. These are some of the most common needs, but every individual has emotional needs unique to themselves.

Read through this list of needs to determine which are most important to you — in general and in your relationships.

CONNECTION
Acceptance
Affection
Appreciation
Authenticity
Belonging
Care
Closeness
Communication
Communion

Community
Companionship
Compassion
Consideration
Empathy
Friendship
Inclusion
Inspiration
Intimacy
Love
Mutuality
Nurturing





Partnership
Presence
Respect/Self-respect
Security
Self-Acceptance
Self-Care
Self-Connection
Shared Reality
Stability
Support
To know and be known
To see and be seen
Trust
Understanding
Warmth

PLAY
Adventure
Excitement
Fun
Humor
Joy
Relaxation
Stimulation

PEACE
Acceptance
Balance
Beauty
Communion
Ease
Equanimity
Faith
Harmony
Hope
Order
Peace-of-mind
Space

PHYSICAL WELL-BEING
Air
Care
Food
Movement/exercise
Rest/sleep
Safety (protection from harm)
Sexual expression
Shelter
Touch
Water

MEANING
Awareness
Celebration
Challenge
Clarity
Competence
Consciousness
Contribution
Creativity
Discovery
Efficacy
Effectiveness
Growth
Integration
Learning
Mourning
Movement
Participation
Presence
Progress
Purpose
Self-expression
Stimulation
Understanding

AUTONOMY
Choice
Dignity
Freedom
Independence
Self-Expression
Space
Spontaneity