How do values and needs relate?

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There is a lot of talk around values in the GCC. Values – as the word suggests – are important. So what are values? It turns out the scholar Shalom Schwartz* has researched this extensively and the image above illustrates his findings. (more )
So there seem to be sets of values that are common in any given culture. Universal human values.

What struck me is that this image shows distinctive social oriented values and egocentric values. That corresponds with the distinction I learned from Clare Graves* namely  the pendulum between self expression and adaption to outside challenges in the subsequent levels of existence he described

That made me wonder if the values and needs would match up. If this model and the levels of maturity Graves distilled from his data validate each other. As a layman, I suspect this could be true. I am not an academic researcher, but I think coming from different angles, they approached a shared truth.

It would be interesting to use the above image as a reference the next time we talk about values… What do you think?

Published by Harry van der Velde

I am on the never ending quest of developing consciousness. I like to see it. Made it my profession to sketch out my current understanding. Working as a Visual Thinker and Graphic Facilitator, preferably where it adds the most value. Complex and wicked challenges are the most interesting.

3 thoughts on “How do values and needs relate?

  1. I think you can’t (put it on your blog as you did) because of copyright, except you got permission (a transferable or non-transferable?) and didn’t tell the reader, otherwise you can infringe of course and take the legal risk.

    On values, just one quick note: those who we perceive to couse trouble for us do it exactly because they have values of their own, maybe even the very same values as we have, but have arrived at a different approach in regard of how to implement them, or won’t abandon their values no matter what (convincing, force) just as we wouldn’t, because values are pretty core, our self-selected, self-programmed selection of our internal wiring influenced by experiences where we let them alter/adjust/modify our values.


      1. Fortunately, values (principles “quantified”, evaluated, weighted in contrast to scientific evidence-based or emotional decision making) are not a complex topic as far as I can see, it’s just that understanding them is sometimes a little incomplete. I think they’re some kind of and one of the few “mechanisms”/approaches (not really a tool to be easily applied) to deal with complexity, for better or worse and with its advantages and disadvantages.

        Copyright is a complex topic and a challenge. One can pragmatically ignore it or make it appear to be less affecting, but it’s a system that exists in reality and is embedded in the other systems that exist as well and maintain it, and in some ways or other they cause effects and consequences that raise the question how to go about them. I’m just hinting to that in advance because part of the problems with complexity is that system behavior is hard to anticipate/predigt.

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