Initially, I would like to point out a few things. First, it is not by accident that I am focusing on felt needs rather than actual needs. Second, our felt needs vary greatly by what stage of life we are in, and more importantly, how we interpret and try to articulate our felt needs is greatly influenced by family and societal expectations and norms. Finally, when we have a plan or way of life that satisfies our most important felt needs we feel peace of mind and a sense of well being, and when we do not have such a way of life we experience a wide array of uncomfortable feelings and harmful behaviors.
Hopefully we all know that a direct pursuit towards fulfilling our own immediate felt needs becomes a disaster in no time. Fortunately if we truly understand our most important felt needs, as well as a lot of other things about ourselves and human nature, we can develop a plan or way of life that satisfies our most important felt needs and leads to peace of mind and a sense of well being. Reassuringly, this plan or way of life turns out to be consistent with all sorts of age old wisdom, as well as, contemporary psychology, biology, and other sciences. Or at least with my brief exploration of these fields of study, it seems that way to me.