Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow’s theory suggests that the most basic level of needs must be met before the individual will strongly desire the secondary or higher level needs. So a person can be stuck or lack “freedom” if their basic needs are not fulfilled. Looking at the two bottom levels of the triangle below, how many people in the world are lacking here?

To hope to have freedom, peace, and love for everyone in the world, more must be done to help all to have their fundamental needs met. It starts with me!

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4 responses to “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

  1. Paulette I. Vermette

    There has been an updated version of Maslow’s need. He proposed this model in the late 1940’s. “The bottom four levels of the new pyramid are highly compatible with Maslow’s, but big changes are at the top. Perhaps the most controversial modification is that self-actualization no longer appears on the pyramid at all.

    At the top of the new pyramid are three evolutionarily critical motives that Maslow overlooked – mate acquisition, mate retention and parenting.

    The researchers state in the article that while self-actualization is interesting and important, it isn’t an evolutionarily fundamental need…”

  2. Raymonde Dupuis

    Maslow’s triangle has been a staple of my teaching in social studies (Sciences humaines – les besoins) and in psychology. Though the triangle may have changed at the top, the bottom levels remain the same. I believe that until the basic needs, social needs and security needs of people are met, we will never have peace. For example, I have seen programs where experts have stated that one of the reasons people join gangs is that the gangs give people what they need…money for the basic needs, a sense of belonging and of being protected…

  3. Thanks Raymonde and Paulette! I also believe that unless basic needs are met we will never have peace! I recently watched an interview in which Bill Clinton was asked why he was so involved in helping people world wide? He responded that people do not understand that being selfless is a way of being selfish. I feel he was saying that unless we help others we will never really have it all – or have peace.

    I truly believe as the vital basic needs are met, people are more apt to care for others and their needs. And finally, when these needs – physiological, security, belonging, and esteem – needs are met, people will explore their spirituality. True peace can only be found there!

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