maslows law

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Maslow wanted to understand what motivates people. He believed that individuals possess a set of motivation system unrelated to rewards or unconscious desires. The five stages are basic, safety, social, esteem and self-actualization needs. One must satisfy lower level basic needs to meet higher levels growth needs. Life experiences including divorce and loss of a job may cause an individual to fluctuate between levels of the hierarchy. Once these needs have been reasonably satisfied one may be able to reach the highest level called self-actualization. Maslow (1943) stated that people are motivated to achieve certain needs when one need wanted to understand what motivates people they believed that individuals possess asset of motivation…show more content…
Rembrandt and Van Gough) lived in poverty throughout their lifetime, yet it could be argued that they achieved self-actualization. Maslow (1968) some of the characteristics of self-actualized people Although we are all, theoretically, capable of self-actualizing, most of us will not do so, or only to a limited degree. Maslow (1970) estimated that only two percent of people will reach the state of self-actualization. He was particularly interested in the characteristics of people whom he considered to have achieved their potential as persons. By studying 18 people he considered to be self-actualized (including Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein) Maslow (1970) identified 15 characteristics of a self-actualized person. Characteristics of self-actualizers: 1. They perceive reality efficiently and can tolerate uncertainty;2. Accept themselves and others for what they are;3. Spontaneous in thought and action;4. Problem-centered (not self-centered);5. Unusual sense of humor;6. Able to look at life objectively;7. Highly creative;8. Resistant to enculturation, but not purposely unconventional;9. Concerned for the welfare of humanity;10. Capable of deep appreciation of basic life-experience;11. Establish deep satisfying interpersonal relationships with a few people;12. Peak experiences;13. Need for privacy;14. Democratic attitudes;15. Strong moral/ethical standards. Behavior leading to self-actualization:(a) Experiencing life like a child, with full
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