|The Wise Path|
—Motion without purpose
People are thrashing when they are moving but not progressing. They may be busy, they may move fast and far, but at the end of the day, week, month, year, or lifetime it's not clear that much worthwhile has been accomplished. Essentially they are traveling in small circles, repeating actions endlessly, and their thrashing around does not seem to accomplish anything more than pass time as we entertain ourselves and perhaps our family and friends. Following fads and fashions, denying problems, or repeating ineffective reactions leads the thrasher in never-ending circles. To save energy, some people sink into a malaise and thrash without even moving. The result is wasted opportunities in either case.
It is easy to become complacent and content with mere survival. Don't settle for mediocrity. Once your physiological needs are met, move on to address your psychological needs and the needs of others.
The figure links to the states that neighbor this one. This can help orient you to this state both horizontally, showing the emotion and cognition states at this level of development, and vertically showing the action levels before and after this one.