Here are some of the basic human emotional needs expressed as feelings. While all humans share these needs, each differs in the strength of the need, just as some of us need more water, more food or more sleep.
One person may need more freedom and independence, another may need more security and social connections. When a person's natural emotional needs are met, healthy behavior naturally follows.
In various degrees, each according to his or her own unique nature, we each have a natural emotional need to feel:
clear (not confused)
productive / useful
safe / secure
Some Ways We Try to Compensate for Our Unmet Emotional Needs
By managing/controlling/manipulating others
By feeling superior to them.
By seeking status, money, fame.
By competing and trying to be the fastest, the smartest, the best, etc.