Relational Needs

As infants we have limited means to communicate our needs, other than our cries and smiles. We are totally dependent on others to take care of us and to respond to our signals. When our signals are not responded to sensitively we become frustrated. As adults, because we may not recognize which needs are being frustrated in our communications, we have strong reactions, but are not always aware of the cause. Here is a list of some of these RELATION BASED NEEDS with a short explanation of what they are. If it is useful, try and connect with your own RELATIONAL needs and put them into your own words.

List of Relational Needs: