Needs vs Wants
26 May 2020
We use the words "need" and "want" a lot on this podcast, when talking about making decisions about stuff.
Bec and Tara discuss how needs differ from wants and how we frequently get the terms a bit mixed up, which is helpful to be aware of when trying to declutter your life.
As well as needing and wanting stuff, we also use "need" and "want" in our language, which can be unhelpful. Tara explains how and reminds us of the impact of our language.
What is the difference in need vs want?
NEED VS WANT - STUFF
- The elemental things you believe you must have in order to survive
- Could include shelter/ food/ clothing
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a well-known model for human needs - see link below
- Everything else that is not imperative but satisfies a feeling of yearning
The lines are blurred about what falls into need and want categories. We find it hard to be objective
- Is influenced by family/ society/ cultural norms and values
Blog post by Prateek Vasisht: Wants vs Needs - see link below
When is it important to distinguish between the two?
- Budgeting/ Saving
- Avoiding clutter
Just ask yourself the question - where does this item fall? Need vs Want.
Often just delaying the purchase will reduce the want - set rules around prices and delay of purchase time
NEED VS WANT - LANGUAGE
When you use the word need to describe something it is DISEMPOWERING language. It is implying that it has been pre-determined by an external person or situation. It gives you no choice.
When you use the word need you are putting yourself in a place of non-conformity. You are suggesting that you are not currently meeting a universally held or fixed expectation.
Want is empowering language. It describes your hope to attain. It takes away any external expectation or pre-set ideas about the item or state that you desire. It conveys that you are seeking something and choosing to pursue it. It feels more empowering. You own your choice.
Start swapping out the ‘need’ for ‘want’ when using language to describe something that you desire to attain or achieve.