Maslow 's Hierarchy Of Needs Essay

1564 Words Dec 12th, 2014 7 Pages
Since the beginning of human life as we know it, there has been religion, or a faith, or "a greater being/energy" that humans have worshipped, revered, or believed in. It can be seen from as early as the Stone Age to modern day. However, there have always been two sides to religion: the presence of it and the absence of it. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi once said, "Those who seek consolation in existing churches often pay for their peace of mind with a tacit agreement to ignore a great deal of what is known about the way the world works." Some people believe that humans use religion to hide the reality of things while others believe religion is simply something humans need. But psychologically, what effect does religion, or lack thereof, have on a person?
Psychologist Abraham Maslow established what many psychology students study today as "Maslow 's Hierarchy of Needs." If a Pyramid of Human Needs was to be created based upon religious beliefs and practices, it would be flipped from that of Maslow 's with love and self actualization at the bottom. Some argue that Maslow 's pyramid doesn 't cover all aspects of life, but to better understand this concept, one must understand the way these pyramids work.
At the bottom of the pyramid are the most basic human needs like shelter, food, air, water, sex, etc. As one goes up the pyramid, a transition from basic, to psychological, to self-fulfillment needs can be seen. However, in most religions, the main focuses seem to start…

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