How do we lean on the objects around us to satisfy unmet needs?
I’m constantly noticing the spaces and objects around me and how our interactions with these environments and things affect our behaviors and mindsets. This got me thinking a lot about habits and why we form the habits we form. Are these habits responding to identified needs? Or are they responding to unmet needs we don’t feel we have control over? How can our interactions with the spaces and objects around us become more intentional in order to serve our minds and bodies in a supportive way?
These thoughts, in addition to observations of my own behaviors and rituals, led me to think about how the mundane objects we interact with on the day-to-day carry a certain influential power. If we are to notice these objects and create a moment of pause in our interactions, can this lead to a state of being more present and perhaps lead to more focus on what truly matters?
Diving deeper into my research, I started interviewing people on what they view to be important in life. I asked questions about basic needs on the individual and societal level and how these basic needs are being threatened due to environmental and social issues. Together we discussed how our collective needs relate to our individual needs and issues including how our fast-paced lifestyles may lead to neglect of (self) care as well as how the climate crisis is affecting things as basic as our shelter, air, light and water.
These conversations helped guide me in further research on the psychology of how human behaviors form and how we might be able to utilize the objects around us as agents for change in order to address our threatened needs. I started to think more about how we can create a designed friction in our everyday lives in order to sift through the busyness of our day-to-day responsibilities and keep these important issues on the forefront of our minds. This present form of thinking can have the potential to empower people to make choices that can collectively implement change.
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