Life

presents
three challenges:

nature,

other people,

and ourselves.
Nature presents the challenge of basic survival: biological needs.
1 metabolism
Economic systems
Institutions:
marriage and family,
health care,
education...
2 bodily comforts
3 movement and transportation
4 safety and injury prevention
5 health, hygiene, and healing*
6 sex and reproduction
7 growth and maturity
The Life Cycle (6 and 7 combined):
RITUALS:
Birth
Puberty/maturity
Marriage/reproduction
Death
*including rest and recreation
Other people present the challenge of cooperating as we meet basic needs:
rules for interaction.
We present a challenge to ourselves as we try to understand the world in which we
live, satisfy our needs for love and acceptance, and express ourselves:
spiritual, social, and psychological needs.
10 approaches to the unseen and unknown
Natural Science, Religion, Psychology,
Art & Literature
11 love, acceptance, and respect: the self and others
Three Social Needs:
(1). Companionship/sociability
(2). Security
(3). Status: face needs
control
affirmation
admiration
12 self-expression (self-actualization)
On this page:
Basic human motivations:
What motivates people to do
what they do?
12 Basic Human Motivations
Click the linked text for a discussion of each motivation
and
examples from American culture and language.