A matrix of human needs


I have been reading “The Economics of Happiness” by Mark Anielski, recently. As part of the attempt to determine what genuine wealth is and where it comes from, Anielski analyses other cultures and forms of wealth. As part of this, he considered Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, but also this matrix completed by Manfred Max-Need, which acknowledges that human needs are interactive and interdependent. I think this is a useful way of assessing our needs and desires, working out ways to improve our lives, but also figuring out where we might be lapsing.


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