A Theory Of Human Motivation

1086 WordsAug 5, 20155 Pages
A Theory of Human Motivation Maslow (1943) sets out to provide a theory as to why we as individuals become motivated to satisfy our basic needs and seek to fulfill other needs once the previous ones have been satisfied. He developed a concept called the hierarchy of needs, which he uses to interpret the different levels of needs individuals acquire. This theory is of importance as it provides reasoning and structure for the fulfillment of our everyday needs. After describing the five needs, the author talks about the pre-conditions that must be met in order to satisfy basic needs. Further discussion of characteristics pertaining to the theory will lead into the degree of fixity of the hierarchy. Thirteen propositions from a previous article were initially presented. These were meant to set somewhat of a guideline as to what should be accepted and what should not. Some of the more important propositions in my opinion were: conscious desires are not as fundamental as unconscious goals, human needs are arranged in hierarchies of prepotency, and motivation classification is based on goals. I felt like he focused a bit more on these propositions than the others. Following the thesis statement, we learn about the hierarchy of needs, which consists of physiological needs, safety needs, esteem needs, belonging needs, and lastly, self-actualization. Physiological needs consist of the dual-components, homeostasis and hunger. The state of being at homeostasis signifies that
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