Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and How Belonging Needs Apply to Me

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
And How Belonging Needs and Self-Esteem Needs
Apply To Me
Dallas Hill
Everest University

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
And How Belonging Needs and Self-Esteem Needs
Apply To Me
Human’s communicate to meet a variety of different needs (Maslow, 1968).These needs can range from the most basic and primal needs to the most abstract. We communicate to tell people we are hungry, that we are looking for a place to stay the night, or that we want to spend time with friends or family. There are an nigh infinite reason for why we would communicate with another person but Abraham Maslow (1968) placed all these reasons into 5 separate categories and stated that the most primal and basic needs must be met before
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We have the need to feel wanted and loved and we want to love and want others as well. We have friends, families, coworkers, fellow students, we join clubs, play sports, all these groups of people we gather with to satisfy our need of belonging. Next is Self-Esteem Needs. These are the needs of being respected and valued and the needs of respecting and valuing others (Woods, 2013). These are labeled as Self-Esteem Needs because these are the needs that show us how others view us and set the stage for us to develop our own view of ourselves. Parents, teachers, peers, and romantic partners all come together and help mold our definition of self. From whether we are smart, good-looking, selfish, believable; all of these are reflections from others that help us to determine our self-worth and these are all “shaped by how other people communicate with us” (Woods, 2013).
Finally is the need for self-actualization. This is the most abstract need according to Maslow (Woods, 2013). This is the need to stretch the envelope, challenge our values and perspectives, to learn new things, to grow. “To become our fullest selves – to self-actualize – we must embrace the idea that personal growth is an ongoing process – we are always evolving, growing, changing” (Woods, 2013). We rely on communication with others to do this process. We can do this verbally by talking with friends, family, coworkers, etc. by “bouncing ideas off them” on how we want to grow

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