emotional need

emotional need

a psychological or mental requirement of intrapsychic origin that usually centers on such basic feelings as love, fear, anger, sorrow, anxiety, frustration, and depression and involves the understanding, empathy, and support of one person for another. Such needs normally occur in everyone but usually increase during periods of excessive stress or physical and mental illness and during various stages of life, such as infancy, early childhood, and old age. If these needs are not routinely met by appropriate, socially accepted means, they can precipitate psychopathological conditions. Appropriate measures common in nursing for anticipating and satisfying the emotional needs of patients in stress include physical closeness, especially remaining with the person during periods when the feeling is acute; empathetic listening as the patient discusses the feeling; encouragement to verbalize feelings; and planning activities that provide a constructive outlet for the feeling or the situation causing it. Compare dependency needs. See also emotion.
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This is not the first time that evidence/dogs as witnesses were destroyed purely on the emotional need to be politically correct.
Obesity is really a side effect of the emotional need of the patient.
They were real feelings of lust and an emotional need for the strength and warmth of a man.
This is an indication that extremism reflects high emotional need.
It is peoples' need to put food in their mouths to taste, chew and savor that is the cause of overweight and obesity," Thomas said, "Erase the emotional need for food and overweight and obesity disappear permanently.
Due to this grant, Nova Center for Youth and Family - the child and adolescent division of the Mental Health Center of Madison County will be capable of exploring its School Based Mental Health Program into two previously unserved schools this year, to potentially reach 50 additional students who demonstrate a social or emotional need.
As Samaritans we have the skills to listen and we'll give time and space to those in emotional need.
WELFARE reform is needed to tackle Britain's "brittle society" and address growing emotional need, a report said today.
Love and affection come paired as an emotional need.
We need surveillance mechanisms and rational calculation to cooperate, but also some instinctive emotional need to respond cooperatively to others who are cooperative.
The religious impulse reflects a profound psychological and emotional need.
Or is it the case, as some are now claiming, that the emotional need for the illusion of absolute truth--and an absolute good beyond any origin or test in human experience--is so deeply embedded within the human psyche that we couldn't shed it even if we wanted to?