Abraham Maslow 's Hierarchy Of Needs Essay

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Abraham Harold Maslow: Hierarchy of Needs

"The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short." ~ Abraham Maslow (POH)
Abraham Maslow was born on April 1, 1908, in Brooklyn, New York. He was a practitioner of humanistic psychology and is best known for his theory of self-actualization. It was in 1943 that he published a paper called, A Theory of Human Motivation, that described what he thought were five sets of needs in people. In the original paper, there weren’t any pyramids or triangles, but it is now usually illustrated with this symbol (POH):

Physiological Breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, and excretion
Safety Security of body, employment, resources, morality, the family, health and property
Social Friendship, family and sexual intimacy
Esteem Self-esteem, confidence, achievement, respect of others and respect by others
Self-actualization Morality, creativity, spontaneity, problem solving, lack of prejudice and acceptance of facts
Maslow saw this hierarchy as a general description of people’s needs, but that the levels are not fixed and each need does not need to be fulfilled 100% to be able to move on to the next level. A person may be working to fulfill their basic physical needs, but still feel the pull to pursue stability in their home, receive love and respect of others (POH).

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