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What are the characteristics of 'Wants'?

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Posted September 14, 2013 at 6:55 AM via web

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What are the characteristics of 'Wants'?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 14, 2013 at 2:47 PM (Answer #1)

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Compared to "needs", wants are physical or psychological desire for being, possessing, or doing something.

A desire is, in itself, a whim, or a vacuous emotion, that does not lead to any specific consequence. A want does not fall within a sequence, as it does not constitute origin nor ending, with the exception of the wants that come out of true motivation.

Hence wants are:

1. based on physical or psychological feelings

2. mainly ruled by emotions

3. not necessary for any specific course of action

4. mostly important for the building of motivation

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