Abraham Maslow : A Theory Of Human Motivation

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“All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization.” Abraham Maslow stated this as a way of explaining human nature and its need for growth. In 1943, Abraham Maslow proposed that there were a “hierarchy of needs” that was responsible for human motivation. In his paper, “A Theory of Human Motivation”, Maslow lays out a hierarchy system of human needs that must be met so that one can become the best version of one’s self. Maslow’s Theory can be applied to many areas of human action and interaction, including management strategies of employee motivation. To fully understand how a hierarchy of needs can be applied to management, we must first look at the original work of Abraham Maslow and how it defines needs as motivational factors. Abraham Maslow created a hierarchy of needs that is a five-teared system. His system helps explain what motivates human beings to achieve more. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs gives reason to question of “why do we do what we do.”
Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is broken down into two categories, the lower-order of needs and the higher-order of needs. The lower-order needs in Maslow’s hierarchy are physiological and safety. The first and most basic need is the physiological need. Physiological needs such as air, food, water and shelter.
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