Does Maslow 's Hierarchy Of Needs Predict Behavior?

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Does Maslow’s hierarchy of needs predict behavior?
This essay will discuss Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and its effect on predicting behavior. Maslow’s theory has been used to describe and predict behavior for many years and has been used by organizations to motivate employees. Having the ability to predict behavior can be a valuable tool when determining how to motive employees, especially when monetary compensation is not an option. Predicting behavior using Maslow’s hierarch of needs can be done by determining a person’s needs and wants while determining what can satisfy those needs and wants.
About Maslow and his theory.
Maslow was a psychologist born in 1908 and is best known for creating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The basis of Maslow’s theory is all humans have needs and wants, some are basic while others are more advanced. The desire to satisfy those needs and wants is what motivates people. Maslow’s theory describes how human motivation moves individuals though 5 different stages, physiological, safety, social, esteem and self-actualization. When a need has been fulfilled the person will move on to the next stage of needs. The ultimate goal within the theory is to attain self-actualization. Maslow also believes all individuals are born with this desire for self-actualization and this desire is what moves individuals through the system. The hierarchy begins with a number of basic needs, such as food and shelter. Those basic needs must be met before an individual can…

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