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The Need for Comfort

 

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Need

We all have a need for comfort, that warm feeling of contentment as we snuggle down and forget the cares that stress us.

Basic comforts include warmth, shelter and food. Social comforts include company, physical contact and sympathy.

Example

A person when distressed goes to their room and curls up on their bed.

When a person is unhappy then want to be hugged. 

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Discussion

Comfort may be sought by following a path of least resistance, avoiding discomforts. This is not always successful as the lowest point may not be very comfortable. To find lasting comfort may need vision, planning and investment, such as saving for a pension.

This need is used in persuasion to snare people, progressively promising comfort if named actions are taken. Money lending acts like this, offering the comfort of cash now as the pain of repayment is put off to another day.

So what?

When people are distressed or upset, offer to comfort them. You can even create the stress deliberately beforehand. You can then ask for things in return for you help.

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