The aspiration to maintain close, safe, and satisfying connections in one’s social environment and feel part of it (Deci & Ryan, 2000). Relatedness support includes behaviours such as expressing affection, devoting time and resources, willingness to help, and a non-competitive learning structure.
Deci, E. L., & Ryan, R. M. (2000). The “what” and “why” of goal pursuits: Human needs and the self-determination of behavior. Psychological Inquiry, 11(4), 227-268.