Which would you prefer???????

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    RT:  I agree, there is no right or wrong.
    Clearly the answers being given on this thread are colored by how one interprets "need".  If you look at my first post, I based my opinion on the understanding of "need" that I have, which is similar to the one you have given. That is how I made my decision.
    I believe the point that both Kar and I were making about the discussion being moot IF everyone understood "need" in the way you proposed is that there would not have been any discussion.  I think the entire thread would have consisted of
    "Definitely wanted"
    "I'd rather be wanted"

    The only real discussion that's occurred here is all due to Kar providing a different viewpoint on what "need" means, and us discussing what that word means in this context.  Given your (and my) definition of need, she has made it clear she would prefer "wanted" over "needed".  Given, however, her personal understanding of "need" in the context of a relationship, "wanted" and "needed" are not mutually exclusive and she prefers to have both in her relationship.  It's an honest and valid answer.

    Let's see if this can start a slightly different dialog:

    Kar:  given your more expansive and "softer" definition of "needed", IF you had to choose "wanted" or "needed", what would you choose and why?  Assume that these are not mutually exclusive concepts, but that you must choose one that is more important than the other. In other words, would you rather be more wanted than needed, or vice-versa? Do you think your answer would change over the course of a relationship?

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    cb, I'm not willing to contribute to the original discussion anymore, but I will answer your question (given I've answered RT's 50 ways from Sunday).  I'd choose the scale to be slightly heavier on the needed side (GIVEN your qualification of how I described the softer, healthier side of need).  Why?  Because I'm a born nurturer, and I enjoy doing for people.  When my friends had remodeled, and it was going to be impossible to keep their Christmas entertaining plans because everything was a mess, I drove up an hour away, donned gloves, and washed all their windows.  Because I wanted to.  I get a great amount of satisfaction from cooking all my husband's food so he achieves his weight goals and lives as pain-free as possible given his condition.  But, I sure do enjoy being wanted, too.  And, given MY definitions, they are inextricable, anyway - I mean who wouldn't WANT me around given how much I adore serving the needs of those I love?  Not to mention I'm wantable for many other reasons, if I might be so bold as to say so.  So, I'm needed and wanted, and I like it that way.  Heavier on the wanted side would make me feel useless.
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    Interesting. You sound like you are mentally desperate to be a parent!
    I think that is why people have a second child when their first one becomes a toddler with a bit more independence, they remember with fondness what it was to have a newborn baby need them, and miss it so much they decide to go for baby number 2. 
    A lot of people want to be needed. Parents especially, even of older children. Who would want to admit that they are superfluous to their adult children's lives? In one sense its a testimony to parenting prowess if the kids are independent. But then they don't need you anymore. Still better than the other side and creation of mommy's boys, and "helicopter parenting". 
    A happy medium is good (I assume thats why some grandmas never give over their famous recipes, otherwise they would not be needed there either if you can make it yourself). 

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    Interesting, but I couldn't be less desperate to be a parent.  I'd like to sneak off and get a tubal ligation, actually, but couldn't be dishonest and DH is the one desperately still hoping for kids.  Surprise you?  

    I don't "mother" DH, either, unless by the simple act of cooking 90% of what he eats counts.  I do, however, call myself Mommy re the dog.
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    In Response to Which would you prefer???????:
    ....to be "wanted" or to be "needed" in a relationship?
    Posted by RogerTaylor

    I've only read the first post.

    I'd rather be needed.  Personally, I would rather be necessary to someone's happiness than to be wanted or desired.  To me, a 'want' or "desire" is a fleeting thing. A need is more enduring.
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    In Response to Re: Which would you prefer??????? : Agreed! I think - IMHO - those who prefer to be needed " may " have greater emotional needs versus those that prefer to be wanted, as wanted somehow/someway validates a reciprocated love........
    Posted by RogerTaylor

    Totally disagree. I have been described as a total cold beyatch on more than one occasion.  I need my alone time.  DH travels a ton for work and I love it.  I lived alone for over 5 years, owned my own place and was totally self sufficient and self supporting. I haven't been home to see family in over a year [although I talk to them regularly on the phone].  I could happily live in the hinterlands. 

    I think you are mixing up 'needed' as 'needs to do stuff for me' and wanted as in "I choose you" or "I desire you". In my definition of needed, they are choosing a path of happiness that includes you, therefore you are needed.  You are a necessary component to that equation of happiness. 
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    I understand the question.  Reread every one of my posts in this thread and you'll probably be able to discern that I not only understood the question, but I answered it a number of times based on different (stated) assumptions (as cb gathered quite readily).

    But, if after you've thoroughly reread each one of my posts, RT, it's perfectly OK to still not understand my part of the discussion, but it seems at least one person has (thanks, cb):
    Actually RT, I think Kar has answered the question.
    She has made it more than clear, at least to my reading of her responses, that given the sort of "basic existence" definition of "need" you put forth, that she would not be interested in that.
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    The only argumentative person here is you.  If you don't like the answer or understand the answer, whatever, but I am not playing Clintonian games with you.  I assumed you meant one thing and answered it that way.  You clarified.  I changed my answer based on your clarification.  Simple as that.

    There are many definitions of need other than "food, shelter, and clothes."  We say, "I need you to take out the trash, please," all the time, but we don't mean we'll actually DIE if the trash isn't taken out.  Come on, RT, get a grip.  "Need" is a much more gray word than "is" for pete's sake.

    "Interpretting the question" is something we all do differently.  If others interpretted it the way you imagined it off the bat, good for them.  I interpreted another way, answered it that way, and then, after you clarified your definition, I changed my answer accordingly.  That's how conversations with reasonable people work.

    ETA:  If you can't handle the fact that there is greyness in the English language and communicate more clearly, don't blame ME.
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    Actually, RT, I think you pulled the old switcheroo on Kar. You had a definition of need and want in your mind when you posed the question. Some people clearly shared that definition, but some did not. You later on defined what 'need' and 'want' mean.  Some people's answers fell into the response patterns that you expected b/c they simply happened to share your definition.  Kar had a different take on it, but it didn't jibe w/ your initial [then unexpressed] definitions. When you clarified your definitions, she clarified her response. I don't think you are being fair in now 'taking her to task' for rewording her response in reaction to your rewording -or at least fine tuning - of the question.   

    I was an English major and I currently parse words for a living. Most normal people don't approach language like I do. lol.  So my hitting on what you meant was just luck. I was actually drawing on a line from Jane Austen's Emma, when Emma realizes that Mr. Knightly is necessary to her happiness.  She's perfectly fine w/o him, but life is better w/ him. 

    ETA: English is one of the more difficult languages to learn b/c of the nuances of words and, particulaly, b/c our verbs have irregular conjugations. 
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    I disagree.  Kar is not an idiot.

    Certain people who post jump all over her b/c she is a housewife, and therefore her responses are castigated as being 'worthless' or "50s housewife-ish".  I don't blame her for asking what you meant by the question. 

    If "words are left to hte reader to interpret any way they want" and Kar has stated that she was not interpeting the words as you later defined them, then what is the issue?  You are the one changing the meaning of her initial responses by changing the definitions of the words. Then when she changes her tune in response to your changed definition, you tell her that she didn't understand the question and is backpedaling.  No dice. 

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    Challenging the meaning up front of words that can have LEGITIMATELY different meanings to different people, not in a Clintonesque way (is is just is), is what leads to more careful consideration of the questions as you mean them.  ALF just happened to choose the meaning of the word need that you intended, but didn't stipulate in the OP, like she said, by accident.  If I'd done the same we wouldn't be having this subdiscussion nor would I be accused of playing games.  Which I don't.  And, by the way, it seems you're the only one seeing this game I'm supposedly playing.  

    ETA:  I don't mince words in the slightest.  I want to know that we're all on the same page before I answer a question that includes words that often mean different things to different people.  What you call "misunderstanding the question," I call recognizing it immediately as having multiple possible interpretations and, therefore, different answers.  Which you then find argumentative.  Argh.
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    That's what I did.  I jumped in an answered it.  Then, parts of my answer were challenged, and the answers to those challenges DEPENDED on your defintion of the key words in the OP.  Drop it, would you?

    I'm sure my answer in the fear post will be challenged, and I MIGHT have to ask what one means by fear.  So, be prepared.  It's not a Clintonian game, it's how I DISCUSS things.

    ETA:  You are actually the one not answering my questions straightforwardly.  I asked if someone ever needs to lose weight.  I asked if someone ever needs to be healthier.  You didn't answer.  Instead, you chose to accuse me of playing semantical games.  I think the answers to those questions were relevant to the discussion.  If you disagree, that's fine, but don't call my discussion style a defensive, non-sensical (likening me to Clinton saying "is" has different meanings), obtuse game.

    ETA #2:  Is is is and water is wet.  However, if you poll 100 people on the street about what is meant by "need," you'll get 100 different answers.  If you can't see that and account for such things in a discussion, I'm not the one with the communication downfall that befell this thread.
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    The fact is, on the same page isn't the same as having the same opinion.  Nor is defining a word in the question leading anyone to have a certain opinion.

    If need were so blatently obvious in meaning, no one would ever have the retort in a money argument of, "But, I needed it."  Because everyone would have the "same page" idea of a need:  enough food to live, enough water to live, enough shelther and clothes to survive the elements.  And, nothing else, therefore, would fall into the, "But, I needed it" bucket.

    So, to ask, "What do you mean by 'need'" is not only legitimate and non-leading, it's necessary for the conversation to go in a sensical direction at all.

    By the strict answer above, EVERYTHING on earth than that essential bite of food, sip of water, clothing, and shelter is a WANT which rendered the discussion, as cb and I recognzied, totally moot.

    If you disagree we'll just have to leave it at that, disagreeing, but hopefully not disagreeable.  I really am late for an appointment and NEED to get out the door, or is it WANT?  I don't know, I'll live if I'm late, but I won't be happy.  And, is happiness a NEED or a WANT?  

    Later, my friend,
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    I think the intersting part of Alf's response--saying "needed"--was that Alf included a working definition of "needed" as it applied to her response--and note that Alf did that only after reading some additional postings here.
    Had Alf not done that, what would we have assumed?
    We all read the question and interpreted it.  It's become clear in this thread that in order to make certain a response is understood, a poster must supply some kind of definition they worked with for these terms.

    KAR--I found your response to my question interesting.  I would say "wanted" for myself.  While I get tremendous satisfaction out of being there and helping others, making their tasks and days easier when I can, I want that to be something I freely give, and that someone sees as a gift.  I do not want to be "needed" in that sense, because to me it implies the behavior on my part is expected, and likely to be taken for granted.
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    cb, I found your take on my response to you intriguing.  In fact, I do see what I do for people I love as a gift, freely given, and in my home those things are received and appreciated as gifts.  So, given that, I'd be willing to say I'd prefer to be 100% wanted, as well.  (But, that's qualified as you and I have qualified the words, an essential part of the discussion.)

    RT, one more try.  "Needed or wanted?  Discuss," just doesn't work if the words carry different connotations for different people...which they do.  Exclusive use of denotative definitions of words is not how the English language works; it's not a defensive communication ploy to clarify or stipulate the connotation of a word especially in a debate context.  Nor is it a matter of misunderstanding the question.  It's a matter of not knowing what connotation of the word is that's under discussion.
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