Analysis Of Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy Of Needs

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In today’s society, it is perfectly acceptable to use the term, “I need” in place of, “I want”. When one really takes time to evaluate needs versus wants one realizes these two words are not synonymous; furthermore, some needs are so important our mental and physical wellbeing are dependant on them being met. Abraham Maslow developed a pyramid of the process of needs, known as Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Maslow’s theory was that people are motivated to achieve certain needs and some of those needs are more pertinent than others. Each need adds a layer in to the foundation and enrichment of the lives of people until all of our needs have been met, then and only then, can we transcend as beings. We will take a look at this hierarchy in dept and touch on a few of the ramifications of needs that never come into fruition. At the most basic level, Maslow believed mankind was motivated to fulfill our physiological needs. Our need for things like food, clothing, shelter, and sleep are motivators to go out and make sure we can secure or acquire those things. According to James Kelley report, “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs”, “Maslow believed that these needs are the most instinctive needs because all needs become secondary until these needs are met.” (2014, web). If someone has gone without food for several days, they are going to try to get some nourishment, they are not likely going to opt to do anything else they normally would enjoy, until their chief complaint of hunger is
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