I have been reading a British newspaper. On the newspaper, a counsellor advises a woman who have risked her life and tried dangerous things and is now upset. So, amongst many other things, councellor says to her:
"You seem to need danger and thrills in your life."
Using "need" this way sounded different to me. I know what she means because I know the subject, but if I had not, I might have been mislead, because it sounds as if the counsellor recommends her to take risks and dangers and thrills, which would have been completely the opposite of what she would have meant.
Maybe counsellor wants to make humour by using the "need" this way but I have never seen it used this way.
So, my question: Can we use "need" this way in formal English or should we avoid using it this way in order to remove ambiguity?
Note: If you want to see the whole text, that includes the sentence, it is at the Sun newspaper web site at https://www.thesun.co.uk/dear-deidre/7931802/threesome-strangers-pregnant-punishment-for-cheating/