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A very basic need | Self-harmSo what?

 

A very basic need

Physiological needs are to do with the maintenance of the human body. If we are unwell, then little else matters until we recover. Pain and discomfort can range from mild to excruciating, and will have a proportionate effect on our rate of abandoning higher needs.

Self-harm

When we are well, however, we are remarkably uncaring about our body and we pollute and poison it with nicotine, alcohol and excesses of food. We also damage it with either an excess of sports or an lack of any exercise whatsoever. This neglect is a clear and common example of the hierarchical effect.

Self-harm can also appear as a kind of psychiatric dysfunction where people deliberately physically hurt themselves. This can appear as obvious damage such as cutting oneself. It can also appear as abuse of the body through such as the use of drugs, anorexia and bulimia. At this level, it can be a reaction to a frightening world, whereby we demonstrate that we can at least  control ourselves. It also reflects the low level of our self-esteem and can be a cry for help.

So what?

People can be persuaded by offers of unhealthy food, even with acknowledgement of the dangers (cream buns were once advertised as 'naughty, but nice'). 

They can also be scared by threats and highlighting dangers (which is a common technique used in anti-cigarette advertisements). At its most basic level, physical threats are a very common coercive technique.

See also

Maslow's Hierarchy

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