• BASIC NEEDS
     
    Survival
    Control (or Power)
    Love & Belonging
    Freedom
    Fun
    Self-Worth  (Later included as the 6th Need)
     

    ·                                In practice, the most important need is love and belonging, as closeness and connectedness with the people we care about is a requisite for satisfying all of the needs. However, without the survival need met other needs would seem less important.

    Choice theory, with the Seven Caring Habits, replaces external control psychology and the Seven Deadly Habits. External control, the present psychology of almost all people in the world, is destructive to relationships. When used, it will destroy the ability of one or both to find satisfaction in that relationship and will result in a disconnection from each other. Being disconnected is the source of almost all human problems such as what is called mental illness, drug addiction, violence, crime, school failure, spousal abuse, to mention a few.

     

    Relationships and our Habits

     

     

    Seven Caring Habits

    Seven Deadly Habits

    1.

    Supporting

    1.

    Criticizing

    2.

    Encouraging

    2.

    Blaming

    3.

    Listening

    3.

    Complaining

    4.

    Accepting

    4.

    Nagging

    5.

    Trusting

    5.

    Threatening

    6.

    Respecting

    6.

    Punishing

    7.

    Negotiating

    7.

    Bribing