The Enjoyment Need is a basal Self-Need that involves happiness, pleasure, play, humor, etc. It is true, that in our life we all must find some joy. However, the short-term hedonistic goal of immediate and sustained sensual stimulation is probably not the best answer to find joy, and for experiencing need satisfaction, meaning, balance, and health. On the other hand, long-term hedonism can allow us to take the time to enjoy the great gifts of both the body and the mind. The long-term hedonist will come to the realization that the combination of mind-body satisfaction is one avenue to help satisfy the other Self-Needs for safety/security, worth, and a sense of empowerment. Socrates proposed that sensual pleasure is a prize in itself, but when combined with mind pleasure it can contribute to a real sense of happiness and contentment. The concepts of short-term and long-term hedonism will come up again in future posts when I discuss building a worldview and a philosophy that dictates our mode for/of living.
Thus, I suggest that to substantially satisfy the basal Self-Need of Enjoyment can ignite and set into motion deeper-need feelings such as joy, peace, and delight, and deeper-need thoughts such as being hopeful, joyful, and playful. To substantially not satisfy the basal Self-need of Enjoyment can ignite and set into motion deeper-need feelings such as sadness, joylessness, and emptiness, and deeper-need thoughts such as hopelessness, unhappiness, and humorlessness.