Maslow 's Hierarchy Of Needs And Humanistic Psychology

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Since the beginning of psychology in the year 1879, researchers have approached the field and have studied the human mind in a numerous amount of ways. One psychologist in particular that is said to have enhanced the quality of psychological research is Abraham Maslow. Abraham Maslow is best known for his work in creating the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Humanistic Psychology. There are many things that came out of Maslow’s findings, how he contributed to psychology, how he influenced the field of psychology, and how his findings are still used in today’s society. Maslow’s approach to psychology differed from other psychologist in his time. One of the things that Maslow developed was the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The Hierarchy of Needs consist of five steps, where self-actualization is at the very top. The bottom, or the first step is physiological needs, which are composed of essential necessities that are required for human survival. Example of these specifications include water, air, and food. Clothing and shelter are also elements of the first step in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The second level on the hierarchy is composed of safety needs, these needs consist of personal security, financial security, and health and well-being. The third level of needs is love and belonging, which derives from friendships, intimacy, and family. The fourth level is esteem; inferring that all humans must feel self-respected to fulfill this need. The fifth and final level on the
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