Motivational Theorist: Abraham Maslow

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Motivational Theorist Paper: Abraham Maslow
Abraham Maslow
“What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.” (“Brainy Quote”) This quote by Abraham Harold Maslow is the foundation on which much of his work is based. Maslow was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 1, 1908, to a poor Jewish immigrant family from Russia. He was the first of seven children and since his parents wished for the best for their children they were very strong about academic achievement. Due to this push from his parents he became a very unsociable boy and found comfort in reading and studying books. His parents treated him very unfairly and were downright mean to him by telling him that he was ugly to physically beating him up. He came from a
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These would include food, water, and air. He also included the needs to be healthy and active, the need for rest, and the need to keep a steady temperature and pH. All these are the basic needs, but he concluded that within this section, some needs are more important than others. This can better be explained by saying if you are hungry you crave food, but then if oxygen is suddenly taken away from you, you no longer need food but the ability to breathe again. The second step of the triangle is the need for safety and security. This can only be reached once physiological needs are met, however it encompasses stability, feeling safe, and being protected. This can lead us to want a safe and well protected home in a safe and protected neighborhood, as well as some security for whatever may happen later in life such as insurance or a retirement plan. This can vary from person to person and the situation changes depending on circumstances. Instead of this section dealing with basic needs, this is more focused on individual feelings and fears. Upon completing the basic needs and feeling safe and protected, the next need is the need for love and belonging. Everyone wants to be loved and feel a sense of belonging to someone; however this feeling can be ignored if previous steps are not yet met. This, in main, involves the want for friends, caring parents, a husband or wife, children, and a life not full of hate but rather love. It includes who we
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