(An unmet Need causes us to feel empty, incomplete or less than whole. Fulfilling a Need gives us freedom to be ourselves.)
The Need for Security can be mistaken as a desire for security. What lets you know it is a need is if you can’t live without it for more than a short time – hours or days, not weeks – then it’s probably a need. If it were simply a desire for security, you would want it, maybe even work to get it, but life would be OK without it. The difference is in the intensity. If there is a sense of uneasiness or foreboding or discomfort, it’s probably a need.
Another indicator it is a need is a feeling of relief when you get secure. If you simply desire or want security and then get it, you will feel something more like having accomplished a goal.
The need for security can take many forms – financial, physical, or emotional. A general sense of lack can lead to the development of this need. Building reserves in your area of lack can help heal this need.
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