Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Essay

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Introduction The term motivation is derived from the Latin word movere, meaning "to move." Motivation is the push of the mental forces to accomplish an action or goal willingly without being forced or told to do so. It is an unsatisfied need that drives human behavior to exert effort to reach the goals. For example we study because we are lack of knowledge; we work because we are lack of money. We will in turn be motivated by what we are lack of. Motivation techniques in the past were very different from today. Many people are questioning on whether the motivation techniques of yesterday are still useful today. With a stable economy, high standard of living, and a low unemployment rate, it may seem that there are not many things that…show more content…
There are two versions of esteem needs, which include the internal and external esteem factors. The internal esteem factors include self-respect, recognition, autonomy and achievement. While the external esteem factors include recognition and status. In order for others to respect you, you must first have your self-respect. In this case it is harder to lose. For people with lower self-esteem and inferiority complex, many of them will not be able to improve their view of themselves simply by receiving fame, glory and respect externally, but must first accept themselves internally. Psychological imbalances such as depression can also prevent one from obtaining self-esteem on both levels. Self-Actualization Needs The last level of the hierarchy of needs is a bit different. Maslow had used different terms like growth motivation, being needs and self-actualization to refer to this level. It refers to self-fulfillment of individuals to the fullest to achieve growth and achieve one’s potential. And to be truly self-actualizing, all lower needs must be met in order to fully devote yourself to fulfilling your potentials. Self-actualizing people normally: • embrace the facts and realities of the world (including themselves) rather than denying or avoiding them. • are interested in solving problems; this often includes the problems of others. Solving these problems are often a key focus in
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