Maslow 's Hierarchy Of Needs

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When observing the field of psychology, among the vast expanse of subfields, the one that caught my eye the most was Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. By labeling the five most essential parts of a human’s life, they are defined and put in order from things most needed to things that come after those basic needs are met. The bottom two blocks of the pyramid are labeled as physiological needs, such as food, water, air, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep, and the other is safety needs like protection, security, order, stability, and freedom from fear. “Maslow believed that these needs were the most instinctive because no other needs could be met before these” ( Before someone can be able to live socially with others, or …show more content…

The next level of the pyramid is belongingness. After the basics, and security are met then one can move on to interacting with others in an environment. Making peace with others and getting to know them helps us move farther in our tribal nature. “Having satisfied their basic physiological and security needs, people can seek relationships from which their need for love and belongingness can be met.” ( if a person is stranded on an island sure they can find food and shelter, hopefully, but then what? There is no way to move up the pyramid because there is no way to have interaction with others and feel accepted. Take the movie cast away for example, Chuck, the main character, survives a plane crash and is stranded on an island for four years. There is no one around to have conversation with and interact with so to fill that void he uses a volleyball. This volleyball, who he named Wilson, became chuck’s best friend. Sure it is an inanimate object, but in that circumstance it was all he could do. Just a way to show that we as humans long for companionship. We also long for attention so without others around to make these things possible we could not thrive. The last two levels of the pyramid are esteem needs and self-actualization. Once the basic needs, and social needs are met we can begin to look in, and learn about our own selves as individuals. This ties in with self-esteem, self-worth, recognition, and status.

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