Maslows Hierarchy of Needs

1409 Words Jul 31st, 2012 6 Pages
1. Introduction
“Each of us has our own set of needs that motivate our communication and our responses to messages. While not everyone’s priorities are identical, our needs resemble one another’s” (Steinberg, 2007:22). This assignment will discuss Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It will look at real life examples of each component. It will also identify and explain each component. An appropriate diagram will be given to support my answers. At the end of this assignment one should have a full understanding of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
2. Explanation of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs?
In 1958 a well-known psychologist, Abraham Maslow (1908-1970), composed a motivational theory called “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs”. This theory suggests that when
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An example of social need would be an anorexic girl will ignore the need to eat as well as the security of her health for a feeling of belonging and being accepted (Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, 2008). The need for belonging to a group and being accepted by her peers out ways her other needs on the pyramid. Another example could be even though somebody does not smoke they will smoke at work so they can be accepted into a group and feel like they belong.
2.4. Esteem
The fourth level on the hierarchy is the need of esteem. After a person has gained the sense of belonging, the feeling of importance comes into play. One needs to feel successful in what one does as well as receive public recognition for ones efforts. This need is the need to respect oneself and to be respected by others (Steinberg, 2007: 23). Once the first three needs have been fulfilled, one looks at the esteem needs, things such as personal worth, social respect and self achievements. One wants to feel that they are worth something. The need to accomplish something becomes strong at this level. If esteem is not addressed an inferiority complex and or depression will develop (Schop, 2009).
An example of esteem would be getting a promotion in your job. The promotion will impress your colleges, friends and family. It will make them proud and give you a sense of superiority. You will feel successful and others will gain more