# Sense of control is a basic human need
When we think about human needs, we most commonly think about our biological needs e.g. food, shelter, water, sleep. Sense of control is one of the human need that we often neglect.
The Self-Driven Child (pp. 11-12)
Perceived control - the confidence that we can direct the course of our life through our own efforts - is associated with better physical health, less use of drugs and alcohol, and greater longevity, as well as with lower stress, […] Like exercise and sleep, it appears to be good for virtually everything, presumably because it represents a deep human need.
There are six core needs researchers find are important for humans (both at work and in our personal lives) …
- Choice: Having flexibility, the chance to have more control over key parts of your world.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs - Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Adults, much like children, prefer the world to be organized. This ensures a level of safety. However, some adults are too focused on organization. People may also attempt to control the world around them in all ways possible.
- Home should restore children’s sense of control
- Sense of control is a basic human need. Unfortunately, School reduces children sense of control. Given that the majority of children’s time is being spent in school, they have to have a different place where their sense of control could be balanced out.