Nobody "needlessly" blogs or posts to Facebook or Twitter
Among his many accomplishments was the development of a theory of personality called Personology which he wrote about in Explorations in Personality in 1938. In that book he outlined psychogenic needs that people have and that when these needs were thwarted, denied or blocked, personality disturbances resulted.
Murray's Psychogenic Needs
Hmmm... which of my needs did I seek to satisfy by writing this blog?
I can now understand why I spend as much time on the Internet as I do.
How do I feel when any of these are thwarted or blocked or demeaned? Not so badly if it's one or two. However I will readily admit that if most of them were unsatisfied or blocked, I would not be in the best of moods.
What needs are you satisfying when you blog or post to Facebook or Twitter?
* I must admit to an additional "need" of mine which is "Honoring." Henry A. Murray was the much admired and loved mentor of one of my first mentors, Edwin Shneidman, who I cherished and miss and wrote about here: "A Good Man, A Good Death" and wrote this blog to honor. As you can see, Ed was a chip off his old mentor's block in his propensity to come up with lists.