Maslow 's Hierarchy Of Needs

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Abraham Maslow was one of the most influential and important educational psychologists and is recognized by many for his theory on mankind’s hierarchy of needs. Maslow’s theory which is known as “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” is best explained as a pyramid of needs that we as humans must meet in order to progress to another stage of needs. There are five stages in the pyramid of needs and they go as follows: physiological, safety, love and belongingness, esteem, and finally self-actualization. Maslow believed that we are motivated by base needs and before we can move to a higher form of growth needs or the next step in the hierarchy we must meet a lower form of needs. Maslow stated: “At once other (and “higher”) needs emerge and these, rather than physiological hungers, dominate the organism. And when these in turn are satisfied, again new (and still “higher”) needs emerge and so on. This is what we mean by saying that the basic human needs are organized into a hierarchy of relative prepotency”.
The first stage in the model is known as our physiological needs which are the base or basic needs we have to meet in order to fulfill our needs. These basic needs include the need for: “air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex [and] sleep”. These basic needs are important for our physiology and are needed to survive as a species. After meeting these basic needs the next step in the hierarchy is to meet the need to feel and live safely. In order to meet this need we have to feel and be…

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