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The Needs’ Year Summit

The Needs’ Year Summit

Summary In this blog post, I write about the background of “The Needs’ Year” and all that has taken place in this project during the year. This final blog post is a summary of my insights and learnings throughout the year as well as a celebration of meeting all...

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Authenticity – The Needs’ Year (Week 51)

Authenticity – The Needs’ Year (Week 51)

I was at a concert and on the other side of the venue, I saw my ex-girlfriend's new partner for the first time. I was still gloomy after we had broken up. After a while, he came up to me and introduced himself: "Hello, I'm Carl. I just thought I'd say hi.” My whole...

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Intimacy – The Needs’ Year (Week 50)

Intimacy – The Needs’ Year (Week 50)

I always start my blog posts in the Needs' Year with a personal story. Partly it’s because I want to examine how a specific need manifests itself in my life. Another purpose has been to try to capture the reader's attention. A personal story often conveys something...

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Closeness – The Needs’ Year (Week 49)

Closeness – The Needs’ Year (Week 49)

“I wish I had no feelings!” I was lying at home in my teenage room thinking about the girl I was in love with. My feelings of love were unanswered and I felt like the loneliest boy in the world. If I didn't have any feelings, I wouldn't have to suffer as I did. At...

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Order – The Needs’ Year (Week 48)

Order – The Needs’ Year (Week 48)

“I'm sorry, but I need to cancel our meeting. I can't find my ID.” I was calling a friend. We had decided to meet, going to the bank to finally sign the last documents to be able to open a bank account in the newly formed Swedish NVC association. I needed both my ID...

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Love – The Needs’ Year (Week 46)

Love – The Needs’ Year (Week 46)

I was in my early teens walking down the school corridor on one of the first days of ninth grade. When I reached my locker, I saw Anki and Hubbe sitting and kissing. They started giggling when they saw me. I unlocked my locker, hung up my jacket and took the school...

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Play – The Needs’ Year (Week 45)

Play – The Needs’ Year (Week 45)

The kids are hanging on to me in bunches. A horde of 20 small seven-year-olds are trying to drag me to the ground. I stagger forward and can barely stand up. I plead in a complaining voice: “Please stop! I cannot take it anymore!" This only triggers them to try even...

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