basic psychological needs

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Human needs that are central to the self-determination theory. They include the needs for competence (the need to be able to succeed at optimally challenging tasks and achieve a desired outcome), autonomy (the need to have a sense of choice and being the initiator of an action), and relatedness ( the need to establish mutual respect and reliance with others). According to the theory, these needs are innate and universal, and must be satisfied for people to develop and function in healthy or optimal ways.

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