Maslow 's Theory Of Human Motivation Essay

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In 1943 Humanistic Psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed his Theory of Human Motivation. In this paper he outlines what he believes to be a humans hierarchy of needs. Maslow suggests in his journal that one must meet the needs of the previous level before moving on to meet the needs of the next one on the hierarchy. According to Maslow there are 5 tiers of human needs: physiological, security, belonging, self-esteem, and self-actualization. In Welch, West Virginia Jeanette and her siblings must adjust their lifestyles in order to meet their human needs according to Maslow’s hierarchy. The physiological tier is the lowest level of Maslow’s hierarchy. This level contains the basic human needs such as food, water, and breathing. Throughout Jeanette Walls memoir, A Glass Castle, the Walls kids were in a constant battle with starvation. In the Glass Castle the children were never worried about regular teenage predicaments, such as what their hair looked like, or how they were going to impress a boy/girl that they liked. Instead they were forced to focus on if they were going to go hungry or not. Maureen had found a way to meet her physiological needs, she “always had plenty to eat, since she had made friends throughout the neighborhood and would show up at their houses around dinnertime.” The other children weren’t so lucky in the beginning; Jeanette had to resort to “rooting through the trash” and Jeanette suspected Brian did the same. Over time Jeanette was able to resolve

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