The Six Basic Pleasures Theory

I don't have time to flesh this out, but I just had a thought that I'd like to explore later.


There are six basic paths to pleasure, for a human:

  • enjoying a physical experience (e.g., sensory input)
  • enjoying a shared experience with someone else (i.e.: laughing at a joke)
  • enjoying a sense of accomplishment (for example, "I just jumped 12 feet, I rock!")
  • enjoying a sense of recognition (for example, "Dude, you just jumped 12 feet, you rock!")
  • enjoying a sense of connection (best example being love)
  • enjoying a sense of purpose (be it participation in a project, a sense of nationality, or religious experience.)
 I'm not sure, as I type it out.  But I have to get back to work.

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